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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 03 March 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 35 of the best received during this past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog on Thai Forest Certification, gleaned during FESPA Asia, held in Bangkok, Thailand in February.

The past week has seen such a mixed bag of news, I think it is perhaps easier if I simply highlight some of the key articles that have appeared each day and leave you to work your way down the list and to select those that appeal specifically to you. Here are just a few pointers:

  • Monday’s lead saw FESPA announce that the European show will now become an annual event, claiming that FESPA Digital’s success has driven demand for a yearly event embracing all technologies and applications. I thought that most major manufacturers were desperately trying to reduce expense and participation in shows, and not wanting to feel arm-twisted into to increasing spend in order to attend a broader spectrum more often. Or have I missed something?
  • Tuesday saw UPM’s Annual Report made available online, or to order in print. Wednesday led with Industrie Forum (iF) 2017 Design Awards to Heidelberg for its B1 Primefire 106 industrial digital press debuted at drupa last year; and for its new generation Prinect Press Center XL 2; followed by Sappi Europe receiving a WorldStar 2017 Award for its unique Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution. To round off the week on Friday, Esko led the headlines as it announced it has developed a strategy to help packaging customers meet the burgeoning and ever-increasing demand for compliance with regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling.
  • Thursday’s headlines were led by the OE-A, which has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month. You will also find other show and conference-related news for Xeikon Café on both Monday and Thursday; for PrintWeekLive! and Interpack 2017 on Tuesday; and for Sign&Digital UK and ICE Europe 2017 on Friday, along with FINAT’s Global Young Managers Congress in Lisbon from 22 – 24 March.

 


 

As usual, we have a selection of recent orders and installations, new kit for conventional and digital production, as well as new software, cloud services, upgraded packaging boards and a lot more besides, if you spend just a few minutes scrolling through the headlines carefully.

 

My tailender goes to another update on Friday for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, taking place in Cape Town in May, as Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker announces he will be back in SA to take part in this year’s event.

 

That’s it until next time. There’s more for you below.

My best regards, 
Mike Hilton

 


 

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e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

Headline News

Almost 29,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 27 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday

Flagship European FESPA to become annual event

FESPA Digital’s success drives demand for yearly event embracing all technologies and applications…

Meech invested in global expansion throughout FY 2015/2016

2016 was a year of global expansion for Meech International, as the company increased its production capability…

Hucais invests in Muller Martini for digital books

Partnership agreement at Hunkeler Innovationdays for Muller Martini and Hucais Printing to shape the digital future together…

Powder Horn moves to Heidelberg’s Versafire CP

Massachusetts-based Powder Horn Press has replaced two competitive digital machines with Heidelberg’s Versafire CP…

Agfa spotlight on brand reputation at Xeikon Café

High-end anti-counterfeiting software solutions for the most sensitive areas of digital printing in Lier next month…

Diamond Photofoil at Xeikon Café next month

Photofoil digital thermal transfers that revolutionise printing of plastic products to be shown at the event…

Lake Image Systems at the Xeikon Café event in Lier

Premium inspection and data verification solutions will be featured during the 4-day exhibition and conference event…

Tuesday

UPM Annual Report 2016 now available online as PDF

UPM’s Annual Report 2016 has been published online today in English and Finnish as a PDF on the corporate website…

Duplo sets out to inspire at PrintWeekLive!

Inspiration and innovation will be at the heart of Duplo UK’s activity at the inaugural PrintWeekLive! in Coventry, 8 – 9 March…

Domino at Interpack 2017 Messe Düsseldorf in May

Domino Printing Sciences set to rewrite the rules of coding and marking at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May…

Siegwerk ‘Focused on your needs’ at Components 2017

Siegwerk to showcase its packaging expertise at Interpack’s special trade fair ‘Components 2017’ in Düsseldorf…

Upgraded Ensocoat board to debut at Interpack 2017

Stora Enso is upgrading its flagship Ensocoat carton board to provide the market’s best visual appearance…

TRESU introduces Flexo Kit metallic ink unit

A compact flexo printing unit designed for high-speed HP Indigo digital folding carton printing lines…

pdfaPilot also available in the cloud or as Web service

Actino Software releases Document Processing Services for automated PDF editing with integrated Callas pdfaPilot…

Wednesday

Heidelberg receives Industrie Forum Design accolades

Primefire 106 digital printing system and Prinect Press Center XL 2 control station win iF Design Award 2017…

Sappi a winner of distinguished WorldStar 2017 Award

Sappi Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution impressed WPO judges in the food category…

Gallus Ferd. Rüesch committed to climate protection

Committed to protecting the climate: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG helps lower CO2 emissions by signing up to EnAW programme…

Flexible production is enhanced with latest Horizon buy

Following its move to new premises, Belle Design & Print has chosen a Horizon SPF/FC-200A stitch/fold/trim line from IFS…

Gomer upgrades digital printing with Heidelberg

Gomer Press in Wales is replacing a five year old machine with a Versafire CP press with Prinect Digital Front End…

Jaakkoo-Taara Oy adopts Xeikon digital workflow

Truly digital Folding Carton Suite adopted to support serialised pharmaceutical packaging in Finland…

Five additional MPS presses for Reflex Labels UK

The new presses contribute to sustainability as a key goal…

Thursday

Interactively discover printed electronics at LOPEC 2017

OE-A has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month…

FESPA launches its second global Print Census

FESPA refreshes market insight with second global Print Census completed at FESPA Asia in Bangkok in February…

Siegwerk acquires UK-based Hi-Tech Products

With the acquisition of Hi-Tech Products Ltd, Siegwerk is further expanding its water-based ink business…

Cerm at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017

Cerm streamlines digital workflow in live applications of wet glue labelling and paper cups at the Xeikon Café…

Michelman brings in-mould labelling to Xeikon Café

Effectiveness of the DigiPrime 4453 digital press primer will be shown on live applications with Xeikon presses…

Amberley Labels UK adds 8-colour Edale FL3

The new FL3 includes AiiR Print Automation, Advanced Register, Semi-Rotary Die-Cutting and a Peel & Reveal modules…

Baumer’s new Inverto non-contact gluer for corrugated

‘Inverto’ – the innovative FFG adhesive application system for simple switching from top-down to bottom-up gluing…

Friday

Esko announces strategy to help with regulatory compliance

Esko announces strategy to help its customers with ever-increasing compliance regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling…

Sign & Digital UK announces a new show feature

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new show feature dedicated to the sign industry: the Sign Trade Services Pavilion…

FINAT Global Young Managers Club Congress, Lisbon

A pathway to success: Young label industry managers can explore the route in Lisbon, Portugal from 22 – 24 March…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker back in SA in May for this year’s Canon South African Disabled Golf Open…

Bobst at ICE Europe 2017 from 21 – 23 March

As a dedicated converting event, Bobst will be attending the ICE exhibition in Munich, Germany later this month…

BST Eltromat at ICE Europe 2017 in Munich

An extensive portfolio for the converting industry BST Eltromat International and subsidiary BST ProControl…

March delivery set for Cowan Print’s new Stahlfolder

Cowan Print wanted a more automated folder and one that would provide an enhanced range of quality folds at speed…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Muller Martini demonstrates the epitome of Finishing 4.0

At Hunkeler Innovationdays Muller Martini’s stand proved highly popular during the four-day trade fair in Lucerne this week…

Ace orders Renz UK first at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Ace Binding trade finisher orders the UK’s first Renz Inline 500 Compact at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne…

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, folding and finishing, and consumables. with offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

Only 49 articles for last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

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BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Thai Forest Certification Scheme

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Mar

Previous…  

Next generation labeling

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

One of the main objectives for colour management is to get the most out of the printing device used to print the job. For a designer or project manager this can be a challenge. By Paul Lindström

Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter and its content when you visit the Newsroom

News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

General confidence amongst printers and suppliers for 2017 but mixed fortunes for markets and regions alike…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by: 

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and &nbs p;UPM-Kymmene

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

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GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 16 September 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 27 news articles posted during the past week, plus one new addition to Online Features from KBA in Nuremberg, with a new long perfector with coating and nine inking units at L/M/B Louko, which scooped this year’s ‘Top Innovator of 2016’ award in Germany.

Then we have Laurel Brunner back with her latest Verdigris environmental Blog, which this week looks at Plastic Dreams. Following which is Nessan Cleary’s very latest Wild Format Technology Guide which explains the basics of the printhead – the heart of an inkjet printer and directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. This is the ninth article in this new series from by Laurel Brunner, Nessan Cleary, Sonja Angere and Paul Lindström at Digital Dots. All of which can be downloaded as PDFs, with almost 40 still to follow over the coming ten months or so.
On Monday we also announced the first in a new series from Andreas Weber at ValuePublishing entitled ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up Scotty’. The article is an overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with Muchcommunication.
Our news this week again comprises a completely mixed bag. We have tried to carry all of the current and imminent show-related articles for you which include announcements regarding Photokina in Cologne; from Labelexpo Americas and SGIA Expo which took place last week you will find announcements from EFI, Cerm, Ultimate, Durst, HP, Agfa, Presstek and Xeikon; then we have the agenda for the Inkjet Conference 2016 taking place in Neuss from 4 – 6 October; followed by ProImage, Scodix, KBA, Goss and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016, which opens this coming weekend.
Leading the news on Tuesday: Esko announced more than 120 free online training sessions to be available in a choice of five languages to help Esko’s global customers get the most out of their new software. You’ll find all the details in the article below with links to be able to register.
News leaders this week included Wallpaper Magazine with HP Indigo on Monday teaming up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month. On Wednesday we had HP Inc announce its acquisition of Samsung’s Printer Business, with the aim of disrupting the copier segment by reinventing and replacing service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology.
Recent sales and installations successes began on Monday with Manroland Sheetfed at Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China; Tuesday saw Heidelberg at Newnorth Print in the UK with the very latest Stahlfolder KH 82 combination model with Palamides delivery; then Esko in Brazil with the milestone 3000th CDI – a CDI Spark 5080 for trade house Clicheria Blumenau – its fifth Esko CDI.
Among the various articles you will find quite a bit of new kit, including EFI with an enhanced Jetrion for labels; Mimaki with new wide-format inkjet direct sublimation for textiles, combining printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint; also HP with a new Latex Printer series at SGIA on Friday.


My tailender for the week from Tuesday’s headlines is the Blog Post relating to the K-Show (the world’s number one event for plastics and rubber) from 19 – 26 October in Düsseldorf: by Chris Winczewski at X-Rite Pantone. Not exactly printing as such, but extremely interesting and related – since X-Rite and Pantone and colour control are so closely related to our own industry, and the K-Show is becoming more relevant as production boundaries become blurred in our fast changing world.


That’s it until next time. 

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, as well as our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms which can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 28,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Mon 12 September…   
Wallpaper* and HP customise commemorative posters
HP Indigo and Wallpaper* magazine team up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month…

ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up, Scotty!’
This article is the overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with the global expert…

Sawgrass: The Art of Sublimation at Photokina 2016
Sawgrass will showcase its full portfolio of sublimation solutions from 20 to 25 September 2016 in Cologne…

Contact Originators is now a Flint FlexoExpert in the UK
Based in Bredbury, Stockport, the beta customer has successfully passed through the FlexoExpert certification programme…

Dongguan Xincai Packaging adds 10-colour Roland 700
Forward-thinking Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China puts its faith in the Roland 700 with coating, UV and InlineFoiler…

Tue 13 September…   
Esko launches global series of free training Webinars
More than 120 free online training sessions help Esko customers to get the most out of new software…

TheIJC 2016 in Neuss unveils extensive agenda
With just over two weeks to go, the The Inkjet Conference confirms the most involving agenda in the event’s history…

Bespoke training course for apprentice ink technician
Gilmour and Dean Limited work with Attain Training in the UK to expand and invest through apprenticeships…

Newnorth Print adds automated Stahlfolder KH 82
Newnorth increases its B1 folding capacity with combination model with Palamides Alpha 500hd delivery…

Mimaki’s new direct sublimation printer for textiles
The Tx500P-3200DS wide-format solution combines printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint…

Wed 14 September…   
HP to acquire Samsung’s Printer Business
Aim is to disrupt copier segment, and to reinvent and replace service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology…

EFI unveils latest Jetrion 4950LXe LED inkjet and ERP
EFI debuts enhanced Jetrion label inkjet production and ERP Workflow innovations at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont…

Cerm at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Inspiration and Collaboration will be a central theme for Cerm at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont, from 13 – 15 September…

Ultimate TechnoGraphics brings AutoNesting to SGIA
Ultimate TechnoGraphics to showcase Impostrip’s latest AutoNesting in Las Vegas from 14 – 16 September 2016…

ProImage to launch latest workflow at Graph Expo 2016
ProImage has announced the launch of its new generation of newspaper production workflow: NewsWay-X…

Thu 15 September…  

Esko’s 3000th CDI to Clicheria Blumenau in Brazil
The CDI Spark 5080 and software solutions package, and its fifth CDI, supports the leading trade shop’s plate production…

Durst uses Labelexpo to push its label capabilities
Durst uses Labelexpo Americas to announce important steps forward in the capabilities of its label products…

EFI Armor UVF clear coat on display at SGIA Expo
EFI non-yellowing Armor clear coat extends Avery Dennison textured wall films durability to five years…

X-Rite Pantone: Plastics focus for K-Show 2016
Blog Post relating to the K-Show 19 – 26 October: By Chris Winczewski, corporate strategy and innovation exec at X-Rite Pantone…

KBA’s new VariJET 106 sheetfed hybrid Powered by Xerox
New modular hybrid press for folding cartons integrates KBA Rapida platform with Xerox inkjet technology: intro at Graph Expo…

Fri 16 September…   
Scodix drupa success to flow into Graph Expo 2016
Coming off drupa, where Scodix sold over 150 presses, adoption of Scodix digital enhancement is in full swing worldwide…

Goss International and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016
Goss, Presstek and Contiweb to showcase their latest product innovations and partnership success…

Agfa outshines competition in UV flatbed and hybrid
Agfa Graphics wins three Product of the Year awards for inkjet technology for second year in a row at SGIA Expo 2016…

HP unveiled its new Latex 300 Printer series at SGIA
New HP Latex 315, 335 and 365 printers help customers gain affordable access to more application opportunities…

EFI at the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas this week
A complete portfolio and new market opportunities highlight EFI’s mission and passion to fuel customer success…

Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit at Labelexpo Americas
Self-adhesive label converting affordable as short runs made easy with Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit (LDU)…

Presstek Zahara plates at Labelexpo Americas
Codimag demonstrated the benefits of chemistry-free, waterless offset live with Presstek’s Zahara plates…

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

AVT and HP Indigo at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Visitors will be able to see advanced integration between AVT and the HP Indigo 8000 and 20000 digital presses…

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2020 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
Only 35 so far this year, with well over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years in our Archives.

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

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Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

L/M/B Louko in Nuremberg adds long KBA Rapida 106
Print industry’s top innovator invests in KBA Rapida 106 with nine inking units, perfecting and coater…

Previous…   
First Swing sponsored by Canon South Africa
The benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, showcased in action at Zwartkop Country Club…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Plastic Dreams
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 Sep

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Standards for Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 Aug

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017 of new guides. The first four can be found in this special section on the Website, listed in the Index on the Home Page. All have PDFs for downloading.

Latest No 9… The basics of printheads
In many respects the printhead is the heart of an inkjet printer, directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. By Nessan Cleary

5… Where Do You Start your Wild Format Project?
The range of what’s possible with digital inkjet technology just keeps on growing. There are so many production options to choose from… By Laurel Brunner

6… Wide format Inkjet Basics
Wide format printing has grown at an astronomical rate over the past decade, mainly because it can cope with a growing range of applications. By Nessan Cleary

7… To Judge a Book by Its Cover
Despite the old proverb, humans are prone to judge their fellow man by first impressions, so appearances are important. By Sonja Angerer

8… Workflow Basics for Wide Format Projects
While the creative part of a printing project involving wide, or very, very wide-format production should be unrestrained and ‘wild’ (allowing yourself to think out-of-the-box). By Paul Lindström

FESPA Newsroom
The FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Most recent…   
Let your imagination fly at FESPA Eurasia 2016
Speciality print exhibition returns to the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey for the fourth year in December…

Exhibitors present latest technologies at FESPA Mexico
New products and technologies for wide-format, digital and screen print, garment decoration, signage, software and consumables…

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter when you visit the Newsroom

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These eleven jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. They contain hundreds of superb articles, interviews, features and news. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ at show + post-show News
Latest additions of 86 in total are now in alphabetical order can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)
The series of over 240 pre-show articles can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016
Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more
Includes the eleventh and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016…

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by: 

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,  FESPA.  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic So lutions, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

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http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Kritische und bewusst streng gehaltene, selektive Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, im Rückblick auf die famose #drupa2016 — Lesezeit: 10 Minuten. Halbwertzeit min. bis zur #drupa2020 — Die Themengliederung im Überblick:


Vorbemerkung

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO der Value Communication AG sowie des DigitaldruckForum mit Sitz in der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz. Seine Spezialität: Brainware&Solutions sowie per ValueTrendRadar.com-Blog klare Analysen zur Zukunft von Print im Kommunikationsmix, die er kontinuierlich mit über 100.000 Fachleuen in über 100 Ländern teilt. Auf der #drupa2016 gründete er mit Christian Kopocz die Expertenplattform MUCHcomm.

Im Fokus dieses umfassenden #drupa2016 Review stehen drei wesentliche Überlegungen als Leitlinie, die sich durch meine umfassenden Vor-drupa-2016-Analysen bereits abzeichneten:

  • Was bringt die Branche und den Markt tatsächlich voran?
  • Wie ordnet sich Print in der Big Data-Welt ein?
  • Welche Player/Hidden Champs sind wichtig?

Da sich dieser Sachverhalt nicht trivial erschließen lässt, indem man einfach eine Vielzahl an Neuheiten und Pressemeldungen auflistet, nachfolgend mein Bericht in drei Teilen, der das #drupa2016-Messegeschehen bewertet, plausibel in den Kontext stellt, Hintergründe erläutert und am Beispiel des für mich gelungensten Messeauftritts detailliert erklärt, welche Lösungsansätze Sinn machen. — Stichwort: #unleashprint!

Hinweis: Wer sich für alles bis ins feinste Detail informieren möchte, kann dies im ValueBlog in besonderer Form tun. Unter dem Suchwort: „Mike Hilton’s Global News“ finden sich über 600 Pressemeldungen zu allen relevanten drupa-2016-Neuheiten. — Siehe auch den Vortrag mit dem kompakten #drupa2016 Review auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 in Winterthur vom 30. Juni 2016 via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

 


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Teil 1 — Die #drupa2016 als Prüfstein für die Kommunikationsfähigkeit der Printbranche

Vorbemerkung

Frage: Warum ist das Thema Kommunikationsfähigkeit wichtig?
Antwort: Weil es in der Printbranche (bei Druckereien wie auch bei deren Lieferanten) riesige Defizite gibt.
Begründung: In der Printbranche ist es üblich, die Geschäfts- wie auch die Fachkommunikation auf die Darstellung dessen, was man tun kann und wie man Produktionsaufgaben löst, hinzuweisen. Und dies zumeist dadurch, dass man das direkte Gespräch sucht. Sinnvoller ist es aber, Kompetenzen, Kundennutzen und -vorteile medial und damit effektiv in den Fokus zu rücken, um Unterscheidungsmerkmale erkennbar und öffentlich zugänglich zu machen. Bedenke: Das Geschäft mit Print ist schon längst kein Produktions-, sondern ein Dienstleistungsgeschäft, das pro-aktiv kommuniziert werden muss, um Dialoge über relevante Fachthemen zu beflügeln! Erfolg bringt, was in der medialen Kommunikation Markt- und Kundenanforderungen ins Zentrum stellt und nicht das eigene Tun!


In medias res

Die #drupa2016 war famos. Ich weiss, wovon ich rede. Es war meine ZEHNTE drupa! Noch nie zuvor konnte man so gut vorbereitet sein (wenn man sich die Zeit nahm), um im Prinzip alles Wesentliche wissen zu können, bevor die #drupa2016 ihre Pforten öffnete. Doch das Detail hat es in sich. In der Rückschau gab es noch nie eine drupa bei der so viele Experten „lost in details“ gingen! Während und vor allem nach der #drupa2016, die von Top-Experten einengend als die „Ink-Jet 2.0“-drupa bezeichnet wurde, stellte sich nämlich heraus, dass entsprechend dem klugen Messe-Konzept von Sabine Geldermann und ihrem drupa-Team alles Mögliche im Fokus stand, aber nicht mehr die Nabelschau der Technik quasi als Maschinen-Bullenprämierung!

„Touch the future“. So lautete das Messe-Motto. Endlich, wirklich endlich war die #drupa2016 thematisch und konzeptionell Meilensteine nach vorne gerückt, um sich der normativen Kraft des Faktischen zu beugen: Am Ende zählen nicht Technik oder die Anwendung (brav in Druck-Muster-Sammlungen präsentiert), sondern der Nutzen daraus. Die Liste der drupa 2016-Highlight-Themen, die Innovationen und neue Wachstumssegmente fokussierten, machte dies im Vorfeld mehr als deutlich: Dem Kernthema „Druck und Papier“ waren die Sektionen Multichannel, 3D Printing, Functional Printing, Packaging und Green Printing als Themengruppen beiseite gestellt. Offenkundig sollte und musste über den Tellerrand geblickt werden. Und das war gut so, um den maximal hohen Erwartungen der Besucher und der Aussteller gerecht werden zu können.

Wie nun aber die #drupa2016 in den Griff bekommen? Man war chancenlos, alle 1.800+ Aussteller in 17 (resp. eigentlich 19) Messehallen zu besuchen. Der Ausweg: Wie noch nie zuvor boten sich durch Google und Social Media (hier besonders: Twitter) eine grandiose Informations-Rundumversorgung! Davon machten leider die Wenigsten auf der drupa 2016 richtig Gebrauch. Am allerwenigsten die über 1.900 Fachjournalisten, darunter einige wichtige Industry Analysts, die aus 74 Ländern angereist waren. Hektisch und fast konfus rannten viele ihren unzähligen Terminen nach, um so viel wie möglich PERSÖNLICH in Augenschein zu nehmen, um anschließend beliebige Aussteller-News zu kolportieren. Dialoge mit Lesern finden über Fachmedien so gut wie nicht statt. Entsprechend lesen sich im Nachgang deren Reports. So manches, was längst vor der drupa 2016 publik war resp. während der drupa Online in Echtzeit Diskussionen prägte — wurde im Nachgang als Entdeckung, Überraschung und/oder bahnbrechende Premiere tituliert. — Puh! — TOTALLY LOST IN DETAILS ?!?

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Kurios und mit leichter Verzögerung von fast 1 Woche: Print folgt Twitter! Foto-Collage: Andreas Weber

Man kann nicht wissen, was man nicht weiss!

Aber auch via Online/Social Media wurde es uns allen nicht leicht gemacht. Viele drupa-Aussteller nutzten Twitter gar nicht — oder wenn doch, dann reichlich unprofessionell als weiteren, notwendigen Push-Kanal zur Selbstdarstellung. Das ist für Social Media aber kontraproduktiv. Gerade über Twitter in aller Kürze und z. B. über LinkedIn für mehr Ausführlichkeit können Dialoge in Gang gesetzt werden. Die Folge, wenn dies wie bei der #drupa2016 zumeist unterbleibt: Die Reichweiten blieben trotz allem Bemühen niedrig. Und der Interaktionsgrad war lausig. Erstrecht erzielt man so nicht die Einbindung neuer Zielgruppen, die per Twitter erreichbar und einzubinden wären, selbst wenn sie gar nicht zur drupa gekommen sind. — Die meisten aus der Printbranche denken wohl: Nun ja, Schuster, bleib bei deinen Leisten… Und warum sollten Print-Fachleute auf einmal werthaltig kommunizieren? Es gehe doch ums Drucken und Technik, so hört man land(a)auf, land(a)ab.

Wollte man dieser drupa 2016 Herr werden, musste man Twitter richtig nutzen — d. h. strategisch klar, zielführend und stringent vorgehen — und sich fast im Sekundentakt informiert halten. Wie gesagt, die Messe Düsseldorf hatte mit ihrem Neu-Konzept exzellente Vorarbeit geleistet. Und Social Media via Twitter war das Top-Kommunikationswerkzeug für die Messe Düsseldorf. Ergänzend kommt v. a. die Idee hinzu,die einzelnen Highlight-Themen durch über die Messehallen verteilte Touchpoints zu präsentieren. Dort konnte man aus erster Hand, Aussteller-übergreifend von Experten das Wichtigste zu den wichtigsten Themen erfahren. Die drupa-Social-Media- sowie drupa daily-Teams machten einen guten Job, um die Messebesucher aktuell zu informieren. Alleine die drupa-Apps waren nicht sehr hilfreich. Die hätte man einfach weglassen können.

Bye Bye „Push-PR“ — Twitter kann es besser!

Nur ganz wenige Pressekonferenzen auf der #drupa2016 waren lohnenswert. Vor allem diejenigen, die von Ausstellern ohne PR-Agenturhilfe gestaltet wurden, lieferten gute Inhalte, die für Social Media-Kommunikation tauglich waren! — Twitter entpuppte sich als unverzichtbare Top-Plattform: Und zwar

  • a) als beste Nachrichten- und Interaktionsquelle — zur Erinnerung: auf Twitter tummeln sich die engagierten, kompetenten Fachleute, die an Innovation und qualitativen News/Facts & Meinungen/Kommentierungen in Echtzeit interessiert sind;
  • und b) als hervorragende Analyseplattform. Denn wer als Besucher wie auch als Aussteller auf Zack war, konnte durch Twitter Seismografie-ähnlich erfahren, was gerade die wichtigen Gespächsthemen war, wie Neuheiten ankamen und bewertet wurden, was sich lohnt und was eben nicht. Zugleich kann man im Nachgang bis auf Einzelne runter brechen, wer sich für was interessiert bzw. wer was honorierte. Denn Tweets mit Hashtags sind sozusagen „for ever“ und können außerhalb von Twitter von allen per Google gefunden werden.

Grosse Bedeutung und Wirkung haben sog. Twitterlisten, die sich nach relevanten Hashtags ausrichten und von Twitternutzern geführt werden. Und Analysetools wie z. B. Keyhole sind hilfreich, da sie die wichtigsten Hashtags, Tweets, User/Influencer, geographische Lokalisierungen, Nutzungs-/Device-Ergebnisse sowie Word-Clouds in Echtzeit erfassen und Mehrwerte liefern. So entstand, wenn man weiss wie es geht, zum ersten Mal auf einer drupa mit und durch Twitter ein iterativer Informations-, Bewertungs- und Erkenntnisprozess. Mit dem erstaunlichem Ergebnis: Das, was Fachleute, Journalisten und Analysten zumeist als Top-Themen im Nachgang kolportieren, spielte eigentlich auf Twitter kaum keine Rolle — und wenn, dann eine untergeordnete. (Hinweis: Im Fall meiner Aktivitäten war von besonderem Vorteil, in deutsch und englisch zu kommunizieren sowie den ValueBlog und ValueStorifys einbinden zu können.)

Analysiert man die per Analyse-Tool generierte Word-Cloud zum Hashtag #drupa2016 im Nachgang (bewusst gewählte Post-drupa Stichtag-Zeitpunkte: 18. Juni 2016 bis 20. Juni 2016), so erscheinen als Echo folgende Begriffe als maßgeblich — nachfolgend in Form einer Top-Ten gelistet:

  1. #drupa2016
  2. #BigData
  3. #Print
  4. #Innovation
  5. #Storify (zur Doku/Visualisierung von relevanten Tweets)
  6. #unleashprint (das Canon-Motto)
  7. #cloud
  8. #mail
  9. #digitalcutting
  10. #drupa (viele hatten dies als Hashtag genutzt, statt sinnvollerweise #drupa2016)

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Zwei drupa-Aussteller tauchen im Umfeld der Top-Ten namentlich auf: Heideldruck
(der Börsenkurz-Name der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG) sowie Canon — wie gesagt als einziger Aussteller durch sein Twitter-konformes drupa-Motto #unleashprint herausragend, somit exzellent gewählt und positioniert (mehr dazu in Teil 3).

Von „Insidern“ benutzte Hype-Begriffe wie Inkjet/Inkjet-Druck, Workflow, Print 4.0, Digitalisierung u.a.m. tauchen im Top-Ten-Ranking ebenso wenig im öffentlichen Social-Media-Interesse auf, wie z. B. der „größte“ Aussteller, HP, oder der mit den angeblich meisten Besuchern, Landa. Erstaunlicherweise fehlt auch Xerox, obgleich Xerox über das wohl engagierteste und kundigste Social-Media-Team auf der #drupa2016 verfügte. Und mit XMPie verfügt Xerox über eine Weltklasse-Multichannel-Kommunikationslösung, die von Xerox zur #drupa2016 erst gar nicht eingesetzt wurde. Das könnte daran liegen, dass Xerox für die eigene Marketing-Kommunikation den nutzen von XMPie völlig verkennt und/oder mit seiner Corporate-Social-Strategie bis dato  zwar große Reichweite, aber zu wenig Interaktion erzielt.

Viele andere, gleichrangig hoch frequentierte Hashtag-Begriffe zeigen das weite Spektrum, an dem man sich orientieren muss, wenn man das Thema Print künftig weiter entwickeln und bei Kunden populär machen und im Gespräch halten möchte:

  • virtual, strategy, automation, client, multichannel, success, review, geospital sowie gis, interactivevideo, marketing, iIoT (als das industrielle Internet-of-Things) sowie communications, 3d printing und youtube.
  • Als einziger Produktname taucht „clarity“ auf, der die neue, wegweisende Cloud-Lösung von Pitney Bowes bezeichnet. Nebenbei: Als mir bis dato einzig bekannter drupa-Aussteller setzt Pitney Bowes Twitter global als wesentliche Säule des Business Development ein.

Fazit Teil 1

Kommunikation über Print ist wahrhaft eine Kunst. Wer sich auch nach der #drupa2016 über Print adäquat informieren will, muss maximale Online-/Twitter-Kompetenz besitzen. Sonst landet man im Nirwana des Lost in details“-Syndroms und holt aus seinem hohen Messe-Investment viel zu wenig raus! — Übrigens ist es anders als über Twitter/Posten kaum möglich, in Echtzeit das Wichtigste auf den Punkt zu bringen und multimedial durch Text, Foto, Video in einer digitalen und globalen Welt erlebbar zu machen! Dies gelingt vor allem durch ValueStorifys. Siehe: #drupa2016 review — All about the role of print in the communications mix sowie #drupa mc — print re-invented!


Fortsetzung folgt mit Teil 2:
Worauf kam es bei der #drupa2016 wirklich an?


Some insights

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Die drupa ist stets ein Ort der Top-Gespräche und einzigartigen Momente, wie mit Didier Gombert (großes Foto am Stand von Objectif Lune). Foto/Collage: Andreas Weber

 

Kritische und bewusst streng gehaltene, selektive Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, im Rückblick auf die famose #drupa2016 — Lesezeit: 10 Minuten. Halbwertzeit min. bis zur #drupa2020 — Die Themengliederung aller drei Berichte im Überblick:


Fazit Teil 1

Kommunikation über Print ist wahrhaft eine Kunst. Wer sich auch nach der #drupa2016 über Print adäquat informieren will, muss maximale Online-/Twitter-Kompetenz besitzen. Sonst landet man im Nirwana des Lost in details“-Syndroms und holt aus seinem hohen Messe-Investment viel zu wenig raus! — Übrigens ist es anders als über Twitter/Posten kaum möglich, in Echtzeit das Wichtigste auf den Punkt zu bringen und multimedial durch Text, Foto, Video in einer digitalen und globalen Welt erlebbar zu machen! Dies gelingt vor allem durch ValueStorifys. Siehe: #drupa2016 review — All about the role of print in the communications mix sowie #drupa mc — print re-invented!


 

Frage: Ist es möglich, das Angebot einer drupa als globale Leitmesse komplett zu erfassen?
Antwort: Nein! Das ist auch gar nicht nötig. Das beste Prinzip lautet: Reduktion auf das maximal Wichtige. Daher nachfolgend eine analytisch-subjektive Selektion dessen, was aus ValuePublishing-Sicht relevant war!


Vorspiel: Wo bleibt der Bezug zu dem, was die Printbranche voranbringt?

„Rund 260.000 Besucher (2012: 314.248 Besucher) aus 188 Ländern und rund 1.900 Journalisten aus 74 Ländern sind nach Düsseldorf gereist, um sich über technologische Innovationen, Weiterentwicklungen und neue Geschäftsfelder zu informieren,“ verlautbarte die Messe Düsseldorf am 10. Juni 2016 stolz. Und mit 76 Prozent lag die Quote der internationalen Besucher um 16 Prozentpunkte höher als im Jahr 2012. Deutschland markiert damit einen riesigen Besucherrückgang! Quelle: drupa/Messe Düsseldorf

Ob die Zahl der Besucher den Ausschlag für nachhaltigen Erfolg gibt, sei dahingestellt. Aber eine Schrumpfung um fast 55.000 Besucher im Vergleich zur drupa 2012 ist in jedem Fall bedenkenswert. Zu behaupten, das sei OK, weil die Messedauer ja verkürzt worden sei, erscheint ungefähr so „logisch“ wie das Argument, gutes Essen schmecke umso besser, je mehr man davon mengenmässig verspeist.

Fakt ist vielmehr: Der allseits herausgestellte Dreiklang der modernen Druckindustrie — Digitalisierung, Automatisierung und Flexibilisierung, kurz mit Print 4.0 in Anspielung an Industrie 4.0 charakterisiert – hat zur Folge, dass immer weniger Betriebe mit immer weniger Personal ein inzwischen wieder dynamisches Produktionsvolumen stemmen. Ergo: Weniger ist mehr! ABER: Für die #drupa2016 hätte die beste Voraussetzung bestanden, neue Zielgruppen zu motivieren und zu mobilisieren, um die ambitionierte globale Leitmesse zu besuchen. Das hat aber (wie schon 2012) nur marginal/punktuell geklappt, aber nicht breitenwirksam. Denn neue Besuchergruppen sind durch „Wir können Print 4.0“-Rufe und „Wie toll, was wir da machen-Selbstdarstellungen von Ausstellern nicht zu mobilisieren. Aus meiner Sicht ist eine riesige Chance vergeben worden. Viele Marktteilnehmer werden sich dadurch unnötig schwer tun, um das zu kompensieren. 

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Der kompakte Vortrag mit dem #drupa2016 Review von Andreas Weber kam sehr gut an auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 am 30. Juni 2016 in Winterthur. — Doku via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

Zu vielen Ausstellern muss es wohl egal sein, was die Kunden ihrer Kunden denken. Einige Hersteller betonten, das Wichtigste sei, dass sie weit über ihre Erwartungen hinaus Verkaufsabschlüsse tätigten.

  • Beispiel: Landa verkaufte nach eigenem Bekunden für über 450 Millionen EURO Nano-Druckmaschinen, die (allerdings) immer noch nicht lieferfähig sind. — Siehe dazu meine Traumgeschichte „Danke Benny. Touch the future again and again…”
  • Seriöser resp. sinnvoller aus meiner Sicht: Heideldruck erwähnte bei seiner Annual Analyst Conference am 8. Juni 2016 über 1.000 Kaufverträge über lieferfähige Produkte und Lösungen, um Kunden zu ermöglichen, ihr Kerngeschäft Offsetdruck zu stärken und/oder gleichzeitig sich der Herausforderung „Digitaldruck auf industriellem Fertigungsniveau“ anzunehmen; mehr als 5.500 Heideldruck-Kunden meldeten sich für den neuen Heidelberg eShop an.
  • HP Inc. rühmte sich, mit der kompletten Halle 17 im Gepäck, der größte Aussteller der drupa 2016 gewesen zu sein, und lobt sich selbst: „HP experienced its best attended drupa ever with sales far exceeding expectations, achieving 150 percent of our sales goal,” urteilte laut Branchendienst WhatTheyThink.com Francois Martin, Global Marketing Lead Graphics Solutions Business HP Inc. Fast schon pingelig wird aufgezählt, wieviel Maschinen man verkauft habe, um zu dokumentieren, dass man die eigenen Lösungen zur Marktführerschaft gebracht habe. — Nur mit dem von HP vielgelobten PrintOS, dem neuen und ultimativen Betriebssystem fürs Drucken, kam man laut divergierenden Medienmitteilungen mit 200 resp. 500 Subskribenten, in jedem Falle also weniger als 5% aller Kunden, nicht so weit. — Damit ist HP entgegen der eigenen Einschätzung vom Mainstream weit entfernt und  immer noch nicht vollständig im Print 4.0-Zeitalter der durchgängigen Digitalisierung, Automatisierung und Flexibilisierung angekommen.

Die Umsätze bei Heidelberg wie auch bei KBA, Canon, Xerox, Ricoh und KonicaMinolta liegen allesamt höher als beim „größten“ Aussteller der #drupa2016, der zudem deutlich höhere Stand- und Werbekosten zu verzeichnen hat. (Kann man so etwas einen Pyrrhussieg nennen?). Allein drei Aussteller als Newcomer aus Israel konnten in Summe HP’s Umsätze weit übertreffen resp. eine sehr viel bessere Relation zwischen Invest und Return-on-Invest erzielt haben; neben Landa sind dies Highcon und Scodix, wie der israelische Wirtschaftsdienst Globes vermeldet hat. — Learning: Wer wie HP darauf setzt, sich Erfolg erkaufen zu wollen, muss nicht automatisch erfolgreicher sein als andere. Zumal, wenn wie im Falle HP zur #drupa2016 eigentlich nur Optimierungen der bestehenden HP-Lösungen geboten wurden. Tatsächlich Neues und für die Print-Branche im Sinne des „Touch the future“ insgesamt Relevantes hat sich für mich bei HP auf der #drupa2016 nicht erschlossen. Schon gar nicht durch HP’s mediale Kommunikationsarbeit!

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Petra Lüftner kommentierte am 4. Juli 2016 per XING als Reaktion auf mein Traum-Erlebnis — Danke, Benny! Touch the future again and again… — wie folgt: „Ich war total traumatisiert von so viel Zukunftsvisionen und der ernsthaften Frage, für WEN und welchen MARKT all dieses dort stattgefunden hat. Die Realität sieht meines Erachtens heute und auch in den kommenden Jahren ganz anders aus. Verkaufen, nur um des Verkaufens Willen, ohne fachliche und zeitnahe Analyse der Marktes? Wie oft schon wurde in der Vergangenheit der Hype um neue Technologien zum Untergangsszenario mancher Firma 🙁  Denn nicht die ‚Technology’ ist es, was wir zuerst überdenken müssen, vielmehr die Wertschöpfungskette und die Anwendbarkeit des vorhandenen Instrumentariums.  Ein erfolgreiches Unternehmen zeichnet sich durch einen realistischen Bezug zum Markt und die darauf optimierten Prozesse und Produkte, nicht durch blinkende Displays aus.  So stellte sich am Ende meines Traums die Frage, ist alles was glänzt Gold oder sollte man doch den guten alten Fadenzähler zur genaueren Betrachtung des Ganzen nutzen? Herzliche Grüße in die Stadt des URSPRUNGS, die Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz“.

In medias res: Willkommen im digitalen Printmedienkosmos

Wichtiger erscheint mir, der Nabelschau einiger Top-Aussteller nicht zum Opfer zu fallen, sondern stattdessen konkret aufzuzeigen, welchen Einfluss tatsächlich innovative Technologien-Angebote auf der #drupa2016 für die Branchenentwicklung haben. Denn, wie und ob Print gewinnt, hängt nicht von Boxen-Verkäufen, sondern von Lösungskompetenz und drei zentralen Faktoren ab:

  1. Welche Rolle spielt Print im Kommunikationsmix? Gerade mit Blick auf BigData, Cloud, Social Media und IoT.
  2. Wie und warum definiert Inkjet-Druck die industrielle Herstellung von Printmedien neu?
  3. Wer als Aussteller hat auf der #drupa2016 die Messe-Leitidee „Touch the future“ tatsächlich am besten verkörpert und nach vorne gebracht?

Zeit also für eine an der Realität orientierte Bestandsaufnahme, die alle (kaum noch zu überblickenden) Neuheiten der #drupa2016 zusammenfasst, plausibel bewertet und in den Kontext mit den gewachsenen Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter stellt.

Das Prinzip der Digitalisierung im Kontext mit Print erklärte Heideldruck-CEO Dr. Gerold Linzbach im Vorfeld der drupa 2016 ganz exzellent (Siehe „drupa ante portas: Automatisierung, Flexibilisierung, Digitalisierung machen Print zum Top-Wachstumsmarkt!“). Auf der drupa präsentierten Dr. Linzbach und sein Vorstandsteam am 8. Juni 2016 souverän vor hochrangigen Finanzanalysten, was Heidelbergs Comeback ausmacht  — übrigens von der drupa-Community kaum bemerkt, führte die gelungene Konferenz für #Heideldruck zu einem Kurssprung nach oben, inklusive Kaufempfehlung der Analysten:

  1. Ein radikales Umdenken und Umschwenken Richtung Print 4.0
  2. Maximale Markt- und Kundenorientierung mit Fokus auf ‚Customer Journey‘ (im Sonne von: Welchen Weg wird mein Kunde gehen, wenn er neue Lösungen einsetzen möchte?)
  3. Neupositionierung Richtung autonomes Drucken sowie das „Amazon-für-Printherstellung“ durch eine integrierte Heideldruck eShop-Lösung

07-drupa2016 ValuePublishing Storify on HeideldruckWeitere Informationen zum Comeback von Heideldruck: ValueStorify „drupa 2016 — #Heideldruck: Back to profitable growth!“ mit Live-Texten, -Fotos, -Videos.

Heideldruck sieht für sich gute Chancen, die „alte“ Welt des Offset-Druckens mit der neuen Welt des „digitalen“ Druckens zu vereinen. Das wird belohnt: Wie Mike Hilton in seinem Global News Review dokumentiert, erhielt Heideldruck in mehreren Kategorien den IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Deutschland’s Digital Leader Award 2016.

Daran anknüpfend ist zu beachten, dass der Umgang mit dem Phänomen „Big Data“ in der Printproduktion mehrere Dimensionen und eine dynamisch stärker werdende Priorität aufweist:

  • Aus dem Web resp. der Social Media-Welt und via Cloud-Services explodiert die Datenmenge dessen, was aus der virtuellen Welt ins Print überführt wird;
  • Inhalte können dabei automatisiert auf Basis von intelligenten Algorithmen zusammengestellt werden für massenhaft individuelle, bedarfsgerechte Druckprodukte.
  • Zum anderen müssen riesige Datenströme beim Produktionsmanagement intelligent gehandhabt werden, um effizient, qualitätvoll, ohne Medienbrüche und möglichst schnell, das heisst in Tagesfrist fertigen und liefern zu können.

Dies geschieht auf verschiedenen Ebenen, wobei im Web verstärkt Systemarchitekturen zur freien Verfügung stehen, die nahtlos Druckdaten automatisiert erzeugen und per Internet an selektiertere Dienstleister/Drucksysteme transferieren können. Die einfachste Form sind Drucke beliebiger Daten via Smartphone oder Tablet. Apple mit AirPrint oder Google mit CloudPrint waren die Pioniere der Generation X; Drucksystemhersteller wie Canon oder HP folgten mit eigenen ePrint-Lösungen. Zum Anderen werden Daten aus Wiki—Plattformen zum Beispiel per PediaPress-Technologie in Bücher verwandelt, auf Basis der vom Internetnutzer online selektierten Wikipedia-Artikel. Weiterhin können Social-Media-Nutzer per Knopfdruck ihre Chroniken auf Twitter, Instagram oder Facebook in Publikationen verwandeln, um gedruckte Poster z.B. der Facebook—/Instagram-Freunde, Leinwanddrucke  oder Tagebuch-Chroniken in Buchform aus Twitter und Facebook automatisiert zu erstellen (siehe mySocialBook, Twenty20 oder boomf mit Druck von Instagram-Fotos auf essbare Marshmellows).

Diese Services werden von Konsumenten ebenso genutzt wie von Unternehmen für Werbezwecke, die solche Projekte in ihre digitalen Marketingkonzepte einbinden (Siehe den ValuePublishing drupa-Vorbericht zum Highlight-Thema Multichannel). Bei den reinen Unternehmensanwendungen werden Marketing- und IT-Daten automatisiert ohne Medienbruch zusammengefügt und daraus Cross-Media-Kundenkampagnen erstellt, die Unternehmensangebote wie zum Beispiel Vertragsverlängerungen bei Versicherungen koppeln mit den Feedbacks von zehntausenden Kunden, die dann an die Unternehmens-IT und deren CRM-Systeme zurückgespielt werden, um die Kundenprofile aktuell zu halten und sogar einzelne Transaktionen zu dokumentieren. Alle Unterlagen sind dann sowohl digital als auch gedruckt verfügbar. Der Kunde entscheidet, welche Form er bevorzugt.

 Als Lesetipp empfehle ich die brillanten Kommentare von Christian Kopocz auf LinkedIn, der als Entrepreneur und Finanz-, Marketing-, Digitaldruck- und Multichannel-Profi exzellent twittern sowie bloggen kann und sein #drupa2016-Erleben aus Sicht des kundigen Fachbesuchers schildert:

Druckers Dilemma: „Herrje! Was habe ich denn mit Social Media und Big Data zu tun? — Eigentlich will ich doch einfach nur drucken!“

Naturgemäß stellen Big Data resp. Social Media die Welt der Druckereiunternehmer auf den Kopf. Das Denken und die Technik-Ausstattung in Druckereien sind darauf ausgerichtet, dass der Kunde/Drucksachenbesteller die Pre-Media-Arbeit selbst erledigt. Und der Druckerei druckbare PDF-Dateien übergibt. Man bedient einen Nachfragemarkt. Denn bis dato folgen Printproduktionsprozesse einem starren, linearen Ablaufschema: Daten werden digital editiert, mit Expertenwerkzeugen formatiert und dann unveränderlich für den Druck aufbereitet und an Druckereien übergeben. Der Mensch diktiert sozusagen der Maschine, was sie tun muss. Die Druckerei lebt vom Bereithalten von Produktionsmitteln und -kapazitäten — mit dem Vorsatz bzw. der Verpflichtung, Bedürfnisse der Kunden bestmöglich zu erfüllen. Damit sind Drucker wie ihre Lieferant glücklich. Aber: Tatsächlich haben beide Fraktionen im Drucksektor die Kontrolle über den Markt längst abgeben. Und wer kennt schon durch Innovationen hervorgerufene Bedürfnisse, die sich erst noch entwickeln können, wenn das neue auch bekannt ist? Wie gesagt, die Kunden der Druckerei waren kaum auf der #drupa2016 zugegen und können sich auch nicht über klassische Fachmedien oder durch bloggende Marktforscher  informieren, weil die sich in Details verlieren…


 Zwischenruf: Anders agieren!

Kai Büntemeyer„Den schlimmsten Fehler, den man machen kann, ist auf der drupa einfach eine Maschine zu kaufen, ohne vor- und nachgelagerte Prozesse zu bedenken!“ — Kai Büntemeyer, Vorsitzender VDMA Druck- und Papiertechnik sowie Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter von Kolbus GmbH & Co KG auf der pre-drupa-Pressekonferenz des VDMA am 4. April 2016.


Der einzig mögliche Innovationsansatz ist daher, den starren Prozess aufzulösen, indem Daten von verschiedener Seite stationär und mobil bearbeitet werden, also von Analog zu Digital und umgekehrt als iterativer Prozess nahtlos automatisiert transformiert, inhaltlich angereichert sowie individuell und „on-demand“ per Digitaldruck ausgegeben werden können. Workflow-technisch gesehen, wird ein Pipeline-Prozess in ein vernetztes, interaktives, individuell auszugestaltendes  Plattform-Konzept überführt, das neue Formen der Konnektivität bietet.

Ganz nah an Big Data: Print 4.0 braucht Communication 4.0

Auf der drupa 2016 konnte man darüber mit Pionieren und Unternehmern wie Didier Gombert, einer der Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender des Technologie-Entwicklers Objectif Lune (OL), bestens und auf hohem Niveau diskutieren. Gombert hatte vor einiger Zeit schon den technischen Umbau aller seiner Software-Lösungen vorgenommen. HTML, CSS und JavaScript bilden nunmehr den Ausgangspunkt. Der Fokus liegt auf digitalem Business Communication Management (kurz: ccm). Print kann sich dort stets nahtlos „andocken“ und wird Teil digitaler Kommunikations- und Geschäftsprozesse.

„In der Auseinandersetzung mit der Digitalisierung hat sich die Printmedienbranche lange auf die Steigerung der Herstellungseffizienz fokussiert. Entsprechend folgt jede Art Printmedienherstellung stets digitalen Prozessen. Das ist gut so. Aber: Die Effektivität von Print als vernetzbarem Medium im Digitalzeitalter kam zu kurz und hat jetzt höchste Priorität“, stellt Gombert fest. Der visionäre Unternehmer gilt seit über 20 Jahren als Vorreiter einer neuen „digitalen“ Philosophie, die Printmedien zeitgemäß im Kommunikationsmix einbindet. Grundlage bildet für Gombert das „Connect“-Prinzip. Aus einem „digitalen“ Baukasten verschiedenster Lösungen entwickelte sich ein skalierbares Lösungsszenario, das Einsteigern wie Profis hilft, Print in der Geschäfts-/Kundenkommunikation optimal einzusetzen und stets mit digitalen Kommunikationsprozessen einfach und kostengünstig zu vernetzen. Themenhighlights zur drupa 2016 sind für Gombert sozusagen „beyond technology“ neue Kommunikationsaufgaben wie „Customer Experience“ und „Customer Journey“. Darunter wird verstanden, hundertprozentig markt- und kundenorientiert Produkte und Lösungen im Dialog mit Kunden (weiter) zu entwicklen. Im Fokus: Optimale Schnittstellen zwischen Mensch-Maschine — Maschine-Maschine — Maschine-Mensch. Kein Wunder, dass Gombert auf der drupa 2016 mit allen seinen wichtigen Kunden und Partnern zusammentraf, um den Ball weiter zu spielen. Dazu gehören Konzerne wie Canon, Konica Minolta Pitney Bowes und Ricoh.

ValuePublishing Big Data Visuals.001Ganz nah an Big Data ist auch der Titel eines Reports, den Andreas Weber für das #drupa2016-Print-Special der führenden Technik&Innovations-Zeitung VDI nachrichten verfasste. — Erweiterte Fassung des Reports als Trendanalyse (in englischer Sprache).


Fazit Teil 2

Print als Medientechnologie spielt nicht mehr eine Sonderolle quasi als Analog-Relikt in einer digitalen Welt. Print ist und bleibt die tragende Säule der Geschäfts- und Kommunikationswelt und kann nahtlos in digitale Geschäfts- und Kommunikationsprozesse eingliedert werden! Um in der neuen Welt des Print bestehen zu können, erfordert es seitens der Druckereien den Neustart-Knopf zu drücken. Mit Technik-Käufen oder dem Versuch, durch Technik-Einsatz gar neue Geschäftsmodelle zu entwicklen, kommt keiner weiter. Alle sind aufgefordert, das Zusammenspiel von Brainware, Software und Hardware neu zu definieren und daraus Markt-konforme Lösungsangebote im Dialog mit Kunden zu entwickeln.


Fortsetzung folgt mit Teil 3 — Des Pudels Kern: #unleashprint („entfessele Print“)


Hinweis

Im Fokus dieses umfassenden #drupa2016 Review stehen drei wesentliche Überlegungen als Leitlinie, die sich durch meine umfassenden Vor-drupa-2016-Analysen bereits abzeichneten:

  • Was bringt die Branche und den Markt tatsächlich voran?
  • Wie ordnet sich Print in der Big Data-Welt ein?
  • Welche Player/hidden Champs sind wichtig?

Da sich dieser Sachverhalt nicht trivial erschließen lässt, indem man einfach eine Vielzahl an Neuheiten und Presemeldungen auflistet, nachfolgend mein Bericht in drei Teilen, der das #drupa2016-Messegeschehen bewertet, plausibel in den Kontext stellt, Hintergründe erläutert und am Beispiel des für mich gelungensten Messeauftritts detailliert erklärt, welche Lösungsansätze Sinn machen. — Stichwort: #unleashprint!

Wer sich für alles bis ins feinste Detail informieren möchte, kann dies im ValueBlog in besonderer Form tun. Unter dem Suchwort: „Mike Hilton’s Global News“ finden sich über 600 Pressemeldungen zu allen relevanten drupa-2016-Neuheiten. — Siehe auch den Vortrag mit dem kompakten #drupa2016 Review auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 in Winterthur vom 30. Juni 2016 via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

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Great work. Great tweets. Great results. And a lot of fun beyond technology by LOVRA’s amazing chill-out sessions. Last but not least: Many THANKS to the Xerox Social Media team members Stefan, Bill, Jenna.

#drupa2016 Review: Print wins! If…

Dear friends of drupa!

Please read and share our unique series of #drupa2016 reports. We are proud to enable a real multimedia and multichannel experience. And we are happy to interact with a huge global audience covering 120+ countries.

Kick-off: splendid #drupa2016

Our ValuePUBLISHING TRILOGY — a quite critical, selective analysis looking back at the splendid #drupa2016 (in german language)

Topics Outline Overview:
• Part 1 – Proof of concept: Does the printing community communicates properly?
• Part 2 – Crucial: Reduce to the max — don’t get lost in details!
• Part 3 – The crux of the matter: #unleashprint 

 


Back to the future: Some fun

#drupa2050 — TX to Benny: Touch the future again and again…
#drupa2050 — Danke, Benny! Touch the future again and again…


Enjoy ValuePUBLISHING’s #Storify stories the most valuable way to catch up all major topics of #drupa2016 in a smart multimedia format. Convenient to navigate, wonderful to explore and easy to share. Our guideline: Less is more — so reduce to the max!

 

Note: We are proud of the fact that around the globe hundreds of thousands of unique viewers follow us already and interact with our content — shared via Twitter (@ValueCommAG plus @zeitenwende007), Facebook, LinkedIn, XING and Google+. — More than 70 % of our viewers are leading innovators dedicated to all kind of graphic communications applications. 

 

 

The secret of #drupa2016 in 20 sec. — Summary by Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

 

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW

drupa2016 REVIEW — ValuePublishing Storify:
All about the role of print in the communications mix

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IN MEDIAS RES

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Ready for #unleashprint? YES WE CAN(on)

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Heideldruck back to profitable growth

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PitneyBowes reinvented mail (live at drupa may/June 2016)

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Objectif Lune put business communications to the next level

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Automated Digital Cutting made by Zünd Systemtechnik

 

Das Geheimnis der #drupa2016 in 23 Sekunden — Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

 


In addition for extended reading check out our focused trend reports via ValueBlog posts by Andreas Weber

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ValueDialog — Christian Kopocz: “Multichannel ensures relevance!”

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Saturday 30 January 2016
Welcome to another busy week of news highlights which has seen no less than 64 articles go online since last Monday, including new additions to our FESPA and drupa Newsrooms and Online Features for 2016. You will also find the latest drupa Expert Article No 7 by Sophie Matthews-Paul, addressing large- and wide-format inkjet.

Once again I will only highlight the odd article as there are just too many and the whole update would become too cumbersome to wade through. Please scroll through them carefully, as there are so many really good articles, and many important announcements, as well as numerous excellent recent orders and installations: led by Manroland Web Systems on Monday for another new Lithoman web – this time for North America; followed on Wednesday by a very large sheetfed order for Heidelberg in Sweden. There are so many more to check out this week, from MPS, Screen, KBA, Heidelberg in the USA and UK; from both Manroland Web and Manroland Sheetfed; IFS with Horizon successes; Xeikon, Asahi, Technotrans with Komoris; Fujifilm inkjet and also Fujifilm with workflow, Bobst with a couple of world firsts, and lastly for Muller Martini in North America with no less than six Sigmaline systems.

You will also find new kit and new consumables announcements this week from Rotoflex, Ricoh, Meech with Xeikon; Onyx for Epson; Hybrid Software, and lastly from Flint Group with a new lightweight sleeve for flexo.

On Thursday, EFI announced excellent results for its fourth quarter and year ended 31 December, 2015; and then came back on Friday with its latest move in China; and also with a special report out of Connect 2016, where EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how it plans to respond to market changes.

On Saturday as a late addition, Xerox took the headlines with its Fourth Quarter and 2015 earnings… plus a surprise announcement following a comprehensive structural review, that the Company is to separate into two Public Companies by the end of 2016. You’ll also find Andreas Weber’s take on the planned split.

I’ll be back next week around the same time.

Mike Hilton

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Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 27,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 25 Jan…   European debut for four new Epson printers at FESPA Digital
At FESPA Digital, Epson will show its latest range of SureColor wide- format aqueous, solvent and dye-sublimation inkjet printers…

Finishing 4.0 from Muller Martini at drupa 2016

Muller Martini interconnects all process steps in print finishing through its Connex workflow and data management system…

Fujifilm at Packaging Innovations 2016 at the NEC

Fujifilm to showcase creative packaging applications on the Acuity LED 1600 II at Packaging Innovations next month…

FINAT’s biennial Technical Seminar in Barcelona
Facing the Future: FINAT Technical Seminar from 16 – 18 March to set label industry firmly on track…

Freeport Press selects Lithoman press for new plant
Complete array of Manroland Web Systems Autoprint technology to be installed in New Philadelphia, Ohio facility…

UPM gains another sustainability accolade
Corporate Knights ranks UPM on the 25th place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations in the world…

Global Graphics strategic relationship with Roland DG

Global Graphics has announced a strategic business relationship with Roland DG Corporation…

Growth for Etiket results in third MPS press

MPS has confirmed the sale and recent installation of a new EF 430 flexo press at Etiket Nederland…

Rotoflex revamps Vericut for digital label finishing

Vericut3 brings a completely redesigned platform for the most advanced digital or conventional label web…

Tue 26 Jan…  
Ricoh to launch eco-friendly AR latex inks at FESPA Digital
Ricoh to launch aqueous resin latex inks for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series wide-format printers at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam…

New EFI Fiery workflow option increases SAi throughput
SAi and EFI collaborate to deliver seamless device integration for Fiery Driven print-and-cut environments…

Buy one copy of QuarkXPress 2015 and get one free
Until 15 February, 2016 everyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 2015 will receive a second license free…

Rever’s adds second Screen Truepress Jet label press
Etiquetas Adhesivas Rever doubles its digital label capacity with second Screen Truepress Jet L350UV press…

Nava Press adds Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 LE UV

New Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 LE UV with Inpress Control in production at Nava Press Milan, to increase capacity…

Grafika increases productivity with Prinect

Prinect from Heidelberg leads to drastic increases in production efficiencies for Grafika in Pennsylvania…

Crossmark opts for KBA Rapida 106 six-colour LED press
Family-owned general commercial firm Crossmark Graphics sought advanced technology and partnership with KBA….

Adam opts for Manroland Web Systems’ heatset upgrades

Manroland on top with Inline Control for Adam e-upgrade…

Route One adds perfect service from IFS

Horizon BQ470 perfect binder from IFS UK expands online operation’s production capabilities in Rotherham, UK…

Xeikon optimises digital press solutions with Meech
Xeikon partners with Meech and invests in CyClean non-contact web cleaning for Xeikon 3050 and Xeikon 3500 presses…

Wed 27 Jan…   
Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests €13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package…

European Sign Expo 2016 announces packed programme
ESE feature content includes Seminars, Workshops and live demonstrations to take place daily in Hall 2 from 8 – 11 March…

Duplo’s Northern Lights targets success in Leeds

Duplo’s first ‘Northern Lights’ event at The Lowry in Salford in 2015: For 2016 it is moving to Leeds…

Onyx Graphics: Full support for new Epson SureColor series
Onyx to provide full software support for the new SC-S80600 / SC-S60600 / SC-S40600 series printers…

TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

PS2 Print adds peripherals to its Komori LS 429 M
PS2 in Runcorn, UK takes control with pressroom peripherals from Technotrans for its Komori H-UV press…

Domino N610i digital inkjet label press for Charapak UK
Derbyshire-based Charapak diversifies into new markets with Domino’s N610i digital inkjet label press…

Headley Brothers takes Superia approach to success

Kent-based fourth generation family-run business, Headley Brothers, opts for Fujifilm and workflow automation…

Koliprint installs Nordic’s first Xeikon 9800

The Finnish direct marketing solutions specialist Koliprint Oy adopts cost-effective Xeikon digital production…

Flint Group launches new Rotec Lightweight Sleeve
Plate mounting sleeve for conventional plate mounting with weight savings up to 40 per cent is now available from Flint Group…

Thu 28 Jan…   EFI reports record revenue for Fourth Quarter, exceeds outlook
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended 31 December, 2015…

Canon wins People’s Choice Award at The Circulars 2016

Canon has won the prestigious People’s Choice Award in Switzerland for its toner cartridge recycling programme…

Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved with wide-format from the start…

Hybrid Software launches Cloudflow Share

Cloudflow Share: A unique, groundbreaking file transfer product for transferring digital data between sites…

Muller Martini systems meet new market requirements

The CoLiner pre-gathering unit for the Proliner absorbs increases in insert volumes optimally…

The world’s first Bobst Visioncut 106 LER at Ostermöller
Ostermöller Verpackungen in Bunde, commissions the world’s first Bobst Visioncut 106 LER in-line separating die-cutter…

Heidelberg USA’s most recent Stahlfolder installations

Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH and KH series boosts customer productivity with recent North American installations…

Three Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600s for Graphics Works

Graphics Works adds three more Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 inkjet printers following success of first machine…

TCP Industry installs first Roland 700 Evolution in Thailand

Renowned Thai printer adds seven-colour Roland 700 Evolution with coating module and InlineColorPilot…

White Star boosts Komori H-UV press with Technotrans

Press peripherals support White Star Printing’s focus on quality on its latest Komori LS 429 H-UV press…

Fri 29 Jan…  Add More KBA to your day [at drupa 2016]
A confident statement for print in a digitalised world is the press manufacturer’s slogan for drupa 2016…

EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
EFI reveals its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how it plans to respond to market changes…

EFI increases investment in China with latest move
EFI relocates its Asia-Pacific HQ from Singapore to new Shanghai high-tech customer experience centre…

Sappi Fusion brings huge success to vintage-look display

Lucky Strike entry garners POPAI Award Gold and Display Superstar in Silver with Sappi Fusion topliner a key component…

Solid Visions is a new Xerox distributor in Zimbabwe
Bytes Document Solutions appoints Solid Visions Technologies as Zimbabwe’s latest Xerox distributor…

GMG Academy offers a colour management drupa extra
GMG Academy offers drupa attendees colour management training programme at its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany…

The world’s first Bobst Expertfold 165 folder-gluer

Cartonnages du Dauphiné sees a 30 per cent productivity uplift and enters new markets with the Bobst Expertfold 165…

Rosehill Press looks to Heidelberg for major update
Rotherham-based Rosehill Press automates its workflows and invests front to back with Heidelberg in the UK…

Six new Muller Martini Sigmalines for Quad/Graphics
Muller Martini’s SigmaLine opens up new business models and market opportunities in digital book production…

Familiarity breeds confidence for Manroland Sheetfed

Shengzhou Yuchen Packaging & Printing acquires brand-new six-colour Roland 700 with coating module sheetfed press…

Sat 30 Jan – Special late additions will carry through to Mon 01 Feb…

Xerox reports Fourth-Quarter and 2015 earnings
Strong earnings and cash flow as a result of continuous focus on productivity and business model optimisation…

Xerox to separate into two market-leading Public Companies

Following completion of a comprehensive structural review, Xerox separation expected to be complete by the end of 2016…

Xerox: no risk – no fun!

During the last three years Xerox was not able to speed up its premium business in graphic communications. My take: by Andreas Weber…

Lead articles from Friday 22 January and previous update…

New Lithoman addition for Remy-Roto in Belgium
Belgian printing company invests in a second Lithoman commercial printing press from Manroland Web Systems…

Five Epson SureColor SC-S60600 for Photobox

Photobox chooses five new-generation Epson Surecolor SC-S60600 printers to boost photo canvas production capacity…

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

Electronics For Imaging  (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit thedrupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2016 Chapter 02
You will find 20 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

NEW…   TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi Photoproducts to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

Online Features 2016 Jan/Feb  Chapter 03

Exclusive Report…   EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
At EFI Connect 2016, EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how the company plans to respond to market changes…

NEW…   Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests ?13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package….

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs in 2016

Latest…    Spotters Guide to Greenwashing
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 22 Jan

Sounding Out Instruments for Growth

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 Jan

Carbon Balanced Paper

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 08 Jan

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home page.

NEW…   Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by international independent consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved at the start of wide-format developments following their evolution into the devices they are today…

ALSO NEW in 2016…   The digital transformation of industrial printing
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 6 by Ron Gilboa, a director of InfoTrends’ Production & Industrial Printing Advisory Service…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…    2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

NEW…   Add More KBA to your day
Confident statement for print in a digitalised world is the press manufacturer’s slogan for drupa 2016…

GMG Academy offers a colour management training drupa extra
GMG Academy offers drupa attendees comprehensive colour management training program at its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany, from 9 – 11 June…

Previous…    Finishing 4.0 from Muller Martini at drupa
Muller Martini interconnects all process steps in print finishing through its Connex workflow and data management system…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam

NEW…   Mimaki adds Light Black to its portfolio of sublimation inks
Spot colour ink options expanded from February 2016 to support greater apparel and textile production possibilities…

Ricoh to launch new eco-friendly AR latex inks at FESPA 2016
Ricoh to launch own aqueous resin (AR) latex ink for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series of wide-format printers at FESPA Digital…

European debut for four new Epson printers at FESPA Digital
At FESPA Digital, Epson will show its latest range of wide-format SureColor aqueous, solvent and dye-sublimation inkjet printers…

Previous…    FESPA Textile provides ideal location to learn and share knowledge
FESPA Textile Conference sessions 8 – 11 March to explore the exploding growth of the textile market…

Brett Martin’s latest range for FESPA debut
Brett Martin to exhibit wide range of substrates at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam in March…

World Wrap Masters competition powers up in Amsterdam
FESPA partners with Avery Dennison and Mimaki for the World Wrap Masters Series Final on 10 and 11 March…

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam sells out
FESPA is delighted to announce that FESPA Digital, European Sign Expo and FESPA Textile 2016 have all sold out…

FESPA Digital 2016’s Content Programme
Educational content to explore trends and opportunities in digital printing available to printers today and give them the power to expand their businesses…

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016…

Ricoh set to debut at FESPA Digital 2016
Ricoh will showcase its expanding portfolio of solutions with its first-ever stand at FESPA Digital in March…

Screen’s new Truepress Jet features at FESPA 2016

Screen Europe to use next year’s FESPA in Amsterdam to unveil further developments to its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer…

Sun Chemical’s world-class inks at FESPA Digital 2016
Global launchpad for SunTex and all new digital inkjet platform – Aquacure and innovative ink chemistry platforms…

FESPA News 2016

NEW…   FESPA Africa Forum to visit Lagos and Nairobi
The first FESPA Africa Forum will be hosted in the growth economies of Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya in April 2016…

European Sign Expo 2016 announces packed programme
ESE feature content includes Seminars, Workshops and live demonstrations to take place daily in Hall 2, 8 – 11 March…

Previous…    Deadline extended to 5 February for FESPA Awards 2016
FESPA’s Global Awards programme recognises the crème de la crème of the print community…

Southern European Print Congress moves to Italy for 2016
FESPA’s 2016 Southern European Print Congress will take place from 19 – 20 April 2016, in Milan, Italy…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 02 June
Welcome to another roundup of news for the past few days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blogs from Friday of last week and the week before, and a new article in Online Features from Druckteam Berlin and Heidelberg. You’ll also find 18 new articles in our FESPA Newsroom, bringing to the total for FESPA Digital to 73, and for FESPA News to 11, following what turned out to be a fantastic event in Munich, and a reminder of how proper trade shows really should be after the rather uninspiring and sharp contrast of Ipex in London a couple of months ago. On the very first evening of FESPA, Durst certainly set the tone and the standard with a magnificent event for the international trade press at BMW Welt near Munich. EFI followed the next day with an excellent networking press lunch for which it is becoming renowned at major exhibitions, where such events provide invaluable time-out and are appreciated. A sincere thank you to both Durst and EFI.FESPA this year not only looked and felt like a real trade show should (and used to do), as it had all the right exhibitors, new innovations, lots of new kit, new software and materials or substrates, visitors in both quality and numbers, the right buzz, the essential vibe, the enthusiasm, the networking, the sales and quality leads, and to top all of that, the sun came out to provide glorious weather for the duration of the event.The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the tiresome trek on the U-Bahn to and from Messe Munich to the city, which like Munich’s airport, is an awful long way from the city centre. In fact, you can fly to Düsseldorf in the same time that it takes to get to the Hauptbahnhof on the train from either the Messe or the Airport, so next year’s event in Cologne (also Germany, which is a big plus-factor for those travelling from the rest of Europe and even further afield) should enable FESPA to again break this year’s all-time records, within an even more compact and visitor-friendly infrastructure from 18 – 22 May 2015, when the weather should also be ideal.Next stop, of course, is FESPA Africa 2014 at the Gallagher Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 2 – 4 July, incorporating both the Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa events.

As there aren’t that many news items for you to go through due to serious MacBook-related problems during my extended trip, I shall leave you to browse through them without prompts from me, apart from drawing attention to the new appointments announced on Wednesday from KBA, Kodak and EFI, and QuadTech’s new partnership with Muller Martini for its web presses. But there’s much more if you take your time when browsing through the headlines.including Screen’s appointment of Rotocon as Southern Africa reseller for the Truepress Jet digital label press. This follows Ipex Machinery’s appointment to handle both Screen wide-format and Screen high-speed digital inkjet web presses in the region. Kemtek retains Screen prepress and computer-to-plate.

The tailender this week goes to HP on Friday, as it expands production inkjet possibilities with a new HP Priming Solution, and the HP T260 660mm-wide Mono Inkjet Web Press for book production; and in today’s headlines you will find a complete Muller Martini SigmaLine with HP T300 Web Press and inline Acoro A5 perfect binder: a world premiere in this form at Rodona in Pamplona, Spain for soft cover book production.

Until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Ipex, Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 24,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages Note: ‘next page’ and ‘previous page’ links appear at the top of each News continuation page.
Tuesday 27 May – Monday 2 June
Tue 27 May…    Screen appoints Rotocon for Truepress Jet label press
Screen partners with Rotocon as Southern Africa reseller for the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press…Enfocus releases Connect 12
Connect 12 family ups the ante to make the creation, sending and receiving of Certified PDFs seamless and consistent…Color-Logic partners with Domino
Technology partnership with Domino Printing Sciences for metallic label printing on the new N610i inkjet label press…

Full-colour inkjet with Kodak Prosper S10 at Kyburz
Druckerei Kyburz AG: Kodak Prosper S10 inkjet for mailshots on Manroland web presses, and on high-speed finishing lines…

Saxoprint, Stahlfolder and Stitchmaster in perfect harmony
Online print shop Saxoprint in Dresden relies on highly efficient postpress machines from Heidelberg…

HP Latex 360 for Graham & Brown in the UK
International wall decoration specialist Graham & Brown buys HP Latex 360 from City and West End Solutions…

Xeikon 3500 in ‘world first’ In-Mold production
Dutch printer and label specialist aL Printing uses the Xeikon 3500 digital press to produce in-mould labels – an industry first…

Wed 28 May…   Koenig & Bauer AG’s 89th AGM in Würzburg
KBA Group presses ahead with Fit@All realignment programme between now and the end of 2015…Management board change at Koenig & Bauer
Dr Mathias Dähn to take over as CFO from Dr Axel Kaufmann at the beginning of June…John McMullen named Kodak Chief Financial Officer
John N McMullen has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kodak, effective 15 June, 2014…

EFI appoints Gabriel Matsliach to senior role

EFI has appointed veteran software executive to lead its Productivity Software Business Unit…

Kodak, Agfa and Heidelberg attack Patent Trolls

Joint Kodak, Agfa and Heidelberg statement on patent trolls…QuadTech announces partnership with Muller Martini
Inline, automatic control of colour on web presses for film and paper enables significant time, waste and money savings…

Grapho Metronic and Manroland Web strengthen initiative
Grapho Metronic and Manroland Web Systems: a successful partnership for retrofits that can be measured…

Polar very satisfied with PACE Days 2014

A total of 185 visitors used Polar PACE Days to get the latest information about automating options in cutting…

Successful Interpack 2014 for the KBA Group
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts…

Thu 29 May…    FESPA bucks all trends, showing market geared for growth
Sun shines on world of wide-format at record-breaking FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich with 30% increase over Hamburg in 2011…EFI LED curing shows energy savings of 82 per cent!
Fogra testing proves 82 per cent energy savings, boosting green benefits of EFI’s Vutek wide-format LED printers…Screen appoints wide-format distributor in Italy
Screen appoints E-Servizi as distributor for wide-format Truepress Jet W3200UV and 2500UV digital printers…

Manroland Web production start at Fairfax Media
Major Printservices project in Australia successfully realised…

FESPA launches global wide-format Print Census
Broadest and largest global research initiative ever (12-month data gathering project) to map wide-format print community…

EFI expands innovation with UltraDrop 7 greyscale technology
Widens range of LED curing printers and launches new Fiery proServer for faster, higher-quality inkjet imaging…

Druckteam Berlin impresses with Speedmaster XL 106
Druckteam Berlin boosts its productivity by up to 30 per cent with a new Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg…

Prestige makes its digital debut with Heidelberg
Prestige Sheldon in Birmingham has made its debut in digital printing with a Linoprint C751 press from HeidelbergUK…

Polar presents a global innovation – the EasyLoad

At its recently held PACE Days in Hofheim, Polar presented the newly-developed innovative EasyLoad 7S loading aid…

Fri 30 May…   New HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press and HP Priming Solution
HP expands production inkjet possibilities with new HP Priming Solution, and HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press…Epson SurePress digital label press sales hit 100 milestone
Positive customer evaluations worldwide drive steady increases in market share since SurePress L-4033A launched in late 2010…Escher & Theiss signs for EFI Vutek LED printer at FESPA
First European installation of LED curing printer with revolutionary UltraDrop greyscale 7pL technology…

Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates for Graficasette
Kodak Sonora XP plates deliver quality, productivity and sustainability to a company committed to reducing its environmental impact…

Ratcliff & Roper invests in Speedmaster SX74-5+L
Ratcliff & Roper has just completed its biggest investment since the company was founded in 1946 and boosts capacity…

Three Agfa Graphics products rewarded in EDP Awards
European Digital Press Association awards Asanti workflow for Sign & Display; Jeti Titan HS wide-format; and Altamira LM Pack inks…

Epson doubles up in the 2014 EDP Awards
SureColor F-2000 T-shirt printer and Japanese Kozo Paper Thin win EDP Awards announced at FESPA Digital last week…

Esko Kongsberg cuts through competition to win EDP Award
Esko’s Kongsberg C digital finishing platform awarded as Best Large Format Finishing System by Euro Digital Press Association…

Ricoh’s Clickable Paper wins EDP Award for Innovation
Ricoh Clickable Paper has been awarded the accolade of Best Valuable Innovation by the European Digital Press Association…

Screen Truepress digital label press wins EDP Award

The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press awarded ‘Best Label Printing Solution’ in the 2014 Awards…

Mon 2 June…    Is Greenwashing returning? Asks Two Sides
Are Banks reneging on promises to move away from misleading environmental marketing? There are some recent disturbing signs…Two Sides launches engaging new Website
Bold, bright, and easy-to-navigate, the newly redesigned Two Sides Website makes it easier for site visitors…QuadTech: New structure in Brazil for sales and support
Printers will benefit from the convenience of local sales and technical support, local language, currency, and fast response…

Rodona world premiere for HP T300 with SigmaLine and Acoro
A complete Muller Martini SigmaLine with HP T300 Web Press and inline Acoro A5 perfect binder: a world premiere in this form…

Agfa: Automation and payment options for Asanti Storefront
Aimed at print service providers that want to use Web-to-print to extend their offering and reach new markets…

First EFI DFEs on new Fiery FS150 Pro platform
New EFI Fiery Servers for Canon ImagePRESS C800 series are first to feature FS150 Pro technology platform…

Esko extends finishing product line with Kongsberg V series
Entry-level digital cutting system offers the reliability, precision and ease of use Kongsberg tables are recognised for…

Full array of Esko Software Solutions at FESPA Digital
Esko software solutions that drive productivity and performance for sign & display businesses shown at FESPA in Munich…

X-Rite announces availability of eXact Scan
Market leading X-Rite eXact Spectrophotometer Platform has been extended with new scan capability option…

The Monday lead articles from the previous update… 

drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016
Kick-off at interpack last week. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch; Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016
Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack…Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf
Messe Düsseldorf’s president and CEO addressed the drupa 2016 relaunch press conference on Monday 12 May, during interpack…GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

Electronics For Imaging(EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

 

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been eleven so far this year. There were 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.Downloads available Chapter 01

Most recent…    Kodak issues a call to action to the industry
With sustainability white paper authored by Laurel Brunner, managing director of Digital Dots Limited…Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…May/June Chapter 05

Druckteam Berlin impresses with Speedmaster XL 106
Druckteam Berlin boosts its productivity by up to 30 per cent with a new Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg…

Most recent…    Saxoprint, Stahlfolder and Stitchmaster in perfect harmony
Online print shop Saxoprint in Dresden relies on highly efficient postpress machines from Heidelberg…

Forlabels chooses Xeikon 3500 to grow production
Xeikon digital label press will allow Greek label and packaging printer to achieve the highest flexibility and productivity…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Most recent…    Heidelberg introduces its new-generation CombiStar
New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2…
Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris BlogsDigital Printers & Energy Efficiency
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 30 MayThe Politics of Green
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 23 May

Previous…    Environmental Performance Index
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 May

 

FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2014

FESPA Digital bucks all trends, showing market geared for grow

Sun shines on world of wide-format at record-breaking FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich with 30 per cent increase over Hamburg in 2011…

FESPA 2014 Awards winners announced
The 2014 Awards revealed on the penultimate night of FESPA Digital 2014, reflect FESPA’s global reach…Awards winners announced at Inca Digital event
Inca Digital Excellence Awards 2014 during FESPA in Munich, showcase print creativity with inspiring applications…EFI expands innovation with UltraDrop 7 greyscale technology
FESPA debut as EFI widens range of LED curing printers and launches new Fiery proServer for faster, higher-quality inkjet imaging…

Fujifilm announces high-performance Acuity F flatbed printer
The new Acuity F Series has been designed for volume sign & display PSPs who have a high demand for rigid media…Agfa Graphics has three products rewarded in EDP Awards
European Digital Press Association awards Asanti workflow for Sign & Display; Jeti Titan HS wide-format printer; and Altamira LM Pack inks…

Epson doubles up in 2014 EDP Awards
SureColor F-2000 T-shirt printer and Japanese Kozo Paper Thin win EDP Awards announced at FESPA Digital last week…

Esko’s Kongsberg C cuts through competition to win EDP Award
Esko’s Kongsberg C digital finishing platform awarded as Best Large Format Finishing System by European Digital Press Association…

Mimaki honoured with two EDP Awards at FESPA Digital
Awards for Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer op to ?200K and best Multi-Purpose Object Printer presented during FESPA Digital 2014…

Ricoh’s Clickable Paper wins EDP Award for Innovation
Ricoh Clickable Paper has been awarded the accolade of Best Valuable Innovation by the European Digital Press Association…

Screen Truepress digital label press wins EDP Award
The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press awarded ‘Best Label Printing Solution’ in the 2014 Awards…

Esko extends finishing product line with Kongsberg V series
Entry-level digital cutting system offers the reliability, precision and ease of use Kongsberg tables are recognised for…

Full array of Esko Software Solutions at FESPA Digital 2014
Esko software solutions that drive productivity and performance for sign & display businesses shown at FESPA…

World’s first Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed to imageData
imageData Group invests in world’s first Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed printer at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich…

Caravan Industries orders second Inca Onset at FESPA
Caravan Industries to double production output with another Inca Onset investment from Fujifilm…

Epson innovative ‘Design to Final Garment’ in Munich
Epson partnered with leading garment software and hardware specialists to show streamlined fashion and sportswear production…

Visitors descend on Munich to Dive Deeper into Digital Print
At FESPA Digital 2014 last week in Munich, three shows under one roof delivered FESPA’s largest digital focused event…

FESPA News 2014

FESPA launches Print Census
Broadest and largest global research initiative ever (12-month data gathering project) to map wide-format print community…

Previous…    FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the sub-Saharan African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…

The largest FESPA Mexico to date
Nearly four months out from the event, taking place 21 – 23 August 2014, 30 per cent of exhibitors are international brands, up 10 per cent on last year..
Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.Drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf (in Englisch und Deutsch)

Most recent…    drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016:
Kick-off at interpack in May. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch / Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…drupa launcht neue Marketing-Kampagne für 2016:
Der Startschuss fällt auf der interpack im Mai. Düsseldorfer Konsortium setzt sich im Pitch durch / integrierte Multichannelkampagne überzeugt…

Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016:

Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack 2014. Invitations have been sent out…Neupositionierung und strategische Ausrichtung der drupa 2016:
Zukunftstechnologien verstärkt im Fokus. Aktuelle Highlight-Themen definiert / neues Key Visual für die drupa / Relaunch der drupa zur interpack 2014 / Ausstellereinladungen sind verschickt…

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO Messe Düsseldorf

At the drupa 2016 relaunch press conference held on Monday 12 May, 2014 in Düsseldorf,,,

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung Messe Düsseldorf

Anlässlich der drupa 2016 relaunch pressekonferenz am Montag 12. Mai 2014 in Düsseldorf…

The heart of printing and paper technology beats in Europe
Despite shifts in the global market, Europe remains the most important market for innovative printing and paper technology. The PRINT 2030 initiative of the VDMA develops a positive statement for the printing and paper technology manufacturing industry…

Das Herz der Druck- und Papiertechnik schlägt in Europa
Europa bleibt trotz globaler Marktverschiebung wichtigster Absatzmarkt für innovative Druck- und Papiertechnik. VDMA-Initiative PRINT 2030 entwickelt positives Leitbild für den Druck- und Papiermaschinenbau…

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

Most recent…    What’s up, drupa?
Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf who is responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber, Value Communications AG…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 19 May

Welcome to another roundup of news for the past few days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blogs from both Monday and Friday of last week, and a couple of new articles in Online Features from Saxoprint with Heidelberg, or more specifically Heidelberg Stahlfolder; and then Xeikon at Forlabels in Greece. You will also find 13 new articles in our FESPA Newsroom ahead of FESPA Digital which opens its doors tomorrow in Munich, until Thursday of this week. There will be lots of news out of the show for you in the days ahead I am sure.Last week saw Interpack in Düsseldorf, where the re-launch of drupa took place at a press conference held on Monday in the Congress Centre South at the fairgrounds, with presentations from both Messe Düsseldorf and the VDMA. You’ll find all the relevant articles in both English and German in our Drupa Newsroom, as well as in English only in our headline news today. You will find everything you could wish to know about the structural realignment and plans for the industry’s biggest event which is set take place just over two year’s from now, from 31 May until 10 June 2016. It is also the main reason for this update this morning, before I head off to FESPA in Munich later this afternoon. Interpack was enormous and appeared to be incred ibly well-attended. I devoted my brief time there to HP Scitex, HP Indigo, Scodix and Domino, and I must confess I came away very impressed with the latest new developments and enhancements from all of them. Domino’s pre-Interpack announcement appeared in the news last weekend and can be found below, whereas news of HP’s Interpack launches appeared on Thursday 8 May, and were in last week’s update.Other major news during the past week includes KBA’s first quarter results last weekend and then Sappi’s second quarter and half-year results which were announced last Monday. Both contain positive developments..

As there aren’t that many news items for you to go through, I shall leave you to browse through them for a change, without prompts from me. I’ll be back later next week.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Ipex, Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 
Headline News
Over 24,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages Note: ‘next page’ and ‘previous page’ links appear at the top of each News continuation page.

Sunday 11 – Monday 19 May
Sun 11 May…    Koenig & Bauer issues first-quarter 2014 report
Double-digit increases in sheetfed offset sales and order intake, with significant improvements to operating and pre-tax results…Sappi Fine Paper Europe announces Algro Vitess
Newly developed paper features high brightness and dimensional stability, ensuring excellent printing and processing results…

Domino N610i at Interpack continues to set new standards
Domino showcases N610i digital colour ink jet label press enhancements that boost productivity and performance…

Canon partners with Tresu Group and Bielomatik
Canon announces inline carton board coating and cutting solution for Océ InfiniStream from Tresu and Bielomatik…

Sun Chemical at Interpack 2014
Helps brand owners seize new opportunities with packaging from the conceptual stage right through to the end consumer…

Mon 12 May…   Sappi second quarter and half year 2014 results
Sappi announces its results for the second quarter and half-year ended March 2014, reflecting significantly improved performance…

Fri 16 May…    
Constantia Sim’Edit’s third XL 106 has 10,000th printing unit
The Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg setting new standards for productivity and flexibility at Constantia Sim’Edit in France…

HP to present new printers at FESPA Digital 2014
HP large-format and new HP Latex digital printing solutions open new applications, markets and revenue streams…

EFI announces Fiery FS150 Pro digital front end

EFI launches its most advanced DFE to date with faster processing, unsurpassed image quality and seamless MIS integration…

Inca and Fujifilm launch Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed
New wide-format flatbed Onset model combines quality with speed to deliver 80 beds/hour. Global debut at FESPA Digital…

Agfa Graphics Anapurna M3200i RTR at FESPA
Agfa Graphics’ enhanced Anapurna M3200i RTR with dual roll and mesh options will be shown at FESPA Digital…

New Mimaki Eco-solvent wide-format inkjet at FESPA
New Mimaki printers bring stunning quality and flexibility to wide-format eco-solvent and sublimation inkjet printing…

Muller Martini web Open House success in Maulburg

Interesting specialist talks combined with live demos of the VSOP 850 and the Concepta at new PrintTechnologyCenter…

Bishops sees Inpress Control as its ‘check mate’ move
Bishops Printers has invested close to £2m with Heidelberg this year and is about to install an XL 75-10-P with Inpress Control…

Mon 19 May…   drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016
Kick-off at interpack last week. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch; Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…

Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016
Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack…

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf
Messe Düsseldorf’s president and CEO addressed the drupa 2016 relaunch press conference on Monday 12 May, during interpack…

The heart of printing and paper technology beats in Europe

Despite shifts in the global market, Europe remains the most important market for innovative printing and paper technology…

Gemini adds Speedmaster SX 74 five-colour with coater

Gemini West doubles its Bristol plant’s output with Speedmaster SX 74 buy to conclude 12 month investment programme…

Agfa Graphics’ Asanti production hub to take centre stage
Agfa Graphics to demonstrate Asanti workflow, the beating heart of wide-format production, at FESPA Digital 2014…

The Friday lead articles from previous update… 

Kodak reports net loss in first quarter 2014
Kodak narrows its loss on a comparable basis in first quarter as transformation continues in technology businesses..

Kodak issues a call to action to the industry
With sustainability white paper, authored by Laurel Brunner managing director of Digital Dots, available to download as PDF…


GraphicRepro.Net
 e-News  
(ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

Electronics For Imaging(EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been eleven so far this year. There were 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads available Chapter 01

Kodak issues a call to action to the industry
With sustainability white paper authored by Laurel Brunner, managing director of Digital Dots Limited…

Most recent…    Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…

May/June Chapter 05

Saxoprint, Stahlfolder and Stitchmaster in perfect harmony
Online print shop Saxoprint in Dresden relies on highly efficient postpress machines from Heidelberg…

Forlabels chooses Xeikon 3500 to grow production
Xeikon digital label press will allow Greek label and packaging printer to achieve the highest flexibility and productivity…

Previous…    JCT opts for Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV
JCT Visual Communications stays on growth path with Screen Europe’s newest wide-format Truepress Jet W3200UV and its first flatbed inkjet printer…

Cartonic Packaging’s seven-colour Rapida 106 with two coaters
The new KBA Rapida 106 in operation at Cartonic Packaging Group’s site in Emskirchen, Germany has produced 13.5m sheets in its first quarter…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Most recent…    Heidelberg introduces its new-generation CombiStar
New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2..

Verdigris – environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.

Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

Environmental Performance Index
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 May

Game of Rules
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 12 May


Previous…    
APP Walking the Walk
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 02 May

FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2014

HP to present new printers at FESPA Digital 2014
HP large-format and new HP Latex digital printing solutions open new applications, markets and revenue streams…

Inca and Fujifilm launch Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed
New wide-format flatbed Onset model combines quality with speed to deliver 80 beds/hour. Global debut at FESPA Digital 2014…

Agfa Graphics’ Asanti production hub to take centre stage
Agfa Graphics to demonstrate Asanti workflow, the beating heart of wide-format production, at FESPA Digital 2014…

FESPA premiere for new Xaar 1002 printhead family
Discover the ‘Power of Xaar’ for graphics, labels, direct-to-shape packaging, ceramics, laminate flooring and advanced manufacturing applications…

Agfa Graphics Anapurna M3200i RTR at FESPA Digital
Agfa Graphics’ enhanced Anapurna M3200i RTR with dual roll and mesh options will be shown at FESPA Digital in Munich…

New Mimaki Eco-solvent wide-format inkjet for Munich

FESPA Digital Eco-solvent innovation with new inks and printheads drives extreme quality, flexibility for JV300-130/160 wide-format printers…

J-Teck3 to launch direct-to polyester inks at FESPA

The Italian manufacturer of digital inks, will showcase the new J-Cube inks for printing polyester at FESPA Digital in Munich next week…

Hollanders to debut modular ColorBooster 250 
Entry-level digital textile and carpet printers to make their début in the European market at FESPA Digital…

Agfa Graphics will present the Anapurna M2050i in Munich
New Anapurna M2050i provides a best-in-segment quality-productivity-price ratio and a brand new, contemporary design…

Drytac Europe to launch new products at FESPA Digital
Drytac to launch a new range of ReTac permanently peelable media…

EMEA premiere of new SAi FlexiPRINT HP Edition software
SAi to also offer FESPA Digital visitors free subscriptions to flagship Flexi software for printing and signmaking…

Matan to debut Barak 8QW superwide printer at FESPA
Matan’s new Barak 8QW superwide printer for European debut with white and rigid printing capabilities at FESPA Digital 2014…

Two weeks to go until the biggest digital print event of 2014
FESPA Digital is the launch platform of choice for leading brands and new exhibitors, from Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 May…


FESPA News 2014


FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the sub-Saharan African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…

The largest FESPA Mexico to date
Nearly four months out from the event, taking place 21 – 23 August 2014, 30 per cent of exhibitors are international brands, up 10 per cent on last year…

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.Drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf (in Englisch und Deutsch)

drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016:
Kick-off at interpack in May. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch / Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…drupa launcht neue Marketing-Kampagne für 2016:
Der Startschuss fällt auf der interpack im Mai. Düsseldorfer Konsortium setzt sich im Pitch durch / integrierte Multichannelkampagne überzeugt…

Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016:

Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack 2014. Invitations have been sent out…

Neupositionierung und strategische Ausrichtung der drupa 2016:
Zukunftstechnologien verstärkt im Fokus. Aktuelle Highlight-Themen definiert / neues Key Visual für die drupa / Relaunch der drupa zur interpack 2014 / Ausstellereinladungen sind verschickt…

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO Messe Düsseldorf

At the drupa 2016 relaunch press conference held on Monday 12 May, 2014 in Düsseldorf,,,

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung Messe Düsseldorf

Anlässlich der drupa 2016 relaunch pressekonferenz am Montag 12. Mai 2014 in Düsseldorf…

The heart of printing and paper technology beats in Europe
Despite shifts in the global market, Europe remains the most important market for innovative printing and paper technology. The PRINT 2030 initiative of the VDMA develops a positive statement for the printing and paper technology manufacturing industry…

Das Herz der Druck- und Papiertechnik schlägt in Europa
Europa bleibt trotz globaler Marktverschiebung wichtigster Absatzmarkt für innovative Druck- und Papiertechnik. VDMA-Initiative PRINT 2030 entwickelt positives Leitbild für den Druck- und Papiermaschinenbau…

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles


Most recent…    
What’s up, drupa?
Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf who is responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber, Value Communications AG…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Friday 2 May

 

Welcome to another roundup of news for the past few days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog, and the latest from Heidelberg in Online Features detailing its new generation CombiStar unit, which conditions the dampening solution and ensures constant inking unit temperature control on Heidelberg’s sheetfed litho presses. It is now equipped with more energy-efficient pumps and electronically controlled compressors that cut energy costs by up to 50 per cent, resulting also in a reduction in CO2.

You will also find numerous announcements relating to FESPA Digital and FESPA Fabric in Munich later this month, as well as news of the Inca Digital Summit for Inca users which will take place during FESPA in Munich. There’s more from Xeikon for its upcoming Xeikon Café to be held in Lier, Belgium at the same time; and MPS has announced an Open House in Didam, The Netherlands from 14 – 16 May.

Xerox started the week on Monday with its new Versant 2100 mid-range production press, which will replace the last of its ageing DocuColor family, and enable Xerox to try to regain ground lost to both Ricoh and Konica Minolta with this new – from the ground up platform – which uses a FujiXerox developed print engine and a choice of DFEs, including two powerful 10-bit, 1200dpi EFI Fiery digital front ends, also announced on Monday.

During April, Kemtek and Komori hosted three special Komori Printology H-UV conferences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. You’ll find a comprehensive report-back on these among Monday’s headlines, as well as news that South Africa’s first Komori H-UV press is to be installed mid-year.

On Wednesday, UPM Kymmene led the news with its Interim Report reflecting a strong First Quarter 2014.

On Thursday/Friday, Kodak’s new CEO Jeff Clarke, announced the creation of a new senior post to bolster his top executive team, with the appointment of Eric-Yves Mahe as Director of Sales Strategy and Operations. Mahe will be responsible for formulating a strategy to drive sales of Kodak’s portfolio of hardware, consumables, software and services. Prior to joining Kodak, Mahe was president for global growth markets at Pitney Bowes. Also on Thursday, Screen announced that it has partnered with Digital Printing Innovations to sell the Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed printers in the UK. This comes just a week after Ipex Machinery was appointed for the same in Southern Africa, as well as for Screen’s high-speed Truepress inkjet web presses..

Sales and installations this week were led by EFI Vutek with two wide-format GS3250LX Pro LED UV inkjet printers – one hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll and the second roll-to-roll – both for the same customer; Blanks Printing; Heidelberg UK with a another Suprasetter A52 CTP device for Print Team; and Muller Martini with a Ventura MC book sewing machine with the Tween option for shorter signatures to Mönch in Leipzig. On Tuesday, HP’s first Latex 360 inkjet printer in the UK from CWE went to Press On; while Europe’s largest foiling company, Blockfoil, has installed its fifth Masterwork MK 1060 ST automatic foil stamping press. SPGPrints (formerly StorkPrints) has sold a DSI digital UV-inkjet label press to McLoone. IFS has sold another Horizon B2 folder, this time to Spectrum; and Heidelberg UK with yet another Suprasetter CTP device to Draper Tools’ inplant.

On Wednesday EFI Vutek came back with another double; this time for KDM which has taken two high-speed HS100 Pro UV wide-format inkjet presses. You’ll also find JMB in Johannesburg mentioned, with its MPS flexo press, although installed a year ago it has only just been announced. On Thursday, Concept Communications Group has boosted its multi-channel marketing services with DirectSmile Cross Media version 6; Technique Print Group has strengthened its colour credentials with Prinect Colour Toolbox and a Heidelberg Suprasetter; while Superior Creative is boosting its wide-format capability with an Inca Onset S40i and Fujifilm Uvijet OC inks. To end the week on a high note, Allied Printing Services has ordered two new KBA Rapida 106, six-colour presses for both UV and conventional coating, and with inline colour management for delivery and installation next month.

I think a green tailender this week deserves to go to Arjo Wiggins and Antalis, as they relaunch their new Eco-calculator which makes it easy for customers to communicate their environmental commitment.

I think that’s about it again for this one again shorter week. Until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

 

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Mon 28 – Wed 30 April – Thu 1 – Fri 2 May

Monday 28 April…    Xerox announces 100-ppm mid-range Versant 2100 press
Xerox’s new Versant 2100 mid-range production press replaces the DocuColor and is set to deliver more ways to win with print…

New EFI Fiery DFEs for new Xerox Versant 2100
Two powerful 10-bit, 1200dpi EFI Fiery digital front ends to set new standard for image quality and productivity with Versant 2100…

Komori and Kemtek Printology H-UV conference success
During April, Kemtek and Komori hosted three special Komori Printology H-UV conferences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town…

MPS Open House 14 – 16 May in Didam, The Netherlands
Live demonstrations of the new cost-effective EB flexo and EF multi-substrate presses at upcoming MPS Open House…

Xeikon to show innovative wall-coverings at FESPA Digital
Digital ultra-high quality bespoke wall-coverings open up new possibilities and opportunities with Xeikon’s Wall-Covering Suite…

Blanks Printing adopts greener EFI UV technology
With two new EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro LED UV inkjet printers; one hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll, and one roll-to-roll…

Print Team switches to Heidelberg for CTP device
Portland-based Print Team is switching CTP supplier and taking a Heidelberg Suprasetter A52 as it moves to new site…

Mönch in Leipzig: A pioneer in shorter signatures
The Mönch bookbindery now stitches shorter signatures using the Muller Martini Ventura MC with the Tween option…

Tuesday 29 April…   Sign Hub at European Sign Expo points to future trends
30 expert sessions cover key issues for contemporary signmakers and graphic producers and future trends in signage…

FESPA’S World Wrap Masters for FESPA Digital 2014
Adrenalin fuelled feature speeds back with new format…

Esko Equinox receives FTA Technical Innovation Award
Solution for extended gamut printing delivers the economic benefit of mixing colours on press instead of in the ink room…

HP’s first new HP Latex 360 to Press On in the UK
Press On investment in HP Latex 360 is a second inkjet ‘first’ for UK distributor City and West End Solutions…

Color-Logic partners with Durst Phototechnik
Technology partnership with Durst for Tau 330 label press…

Blockfoil installs fifth Masterwork MK 1060 ST foil press
Europe’s largest foiling company installs its fifth Masterwork MK 1060 ST automatic foil stamping press…

McLoone installs SPGPrints DSI UV-inkjet label press
McLoone boosts competitiveness in short and mid-run self-adhesive label markets with SPGPrints’ digital UV-inkjet printer…

Spectrum Print doubles folding output with Horizon
Cardiff Bay-based Spectrum’s new Horizon AFC566F delivers increased flexibility and fast turnaround times…

Draper Tools upgrades to Suprasetter CTP
Inplant switches CTP technology but sticks with Heidelberg…

 

Wed 30 April…   UPM-Kymmene Corporation’s Q1 2014 Interim Report
Interim report Q1/2014: UPM’s strong Q1 shows momentum towards EUR 400 million profit improvement…

Inca Digital Summit to explore the ‘Bigger Picture’ during FESPA
Inspirational industry game-changers examine innovative trends and opportunities for Inca users during FESPA in Munich…

FESPA announces trail and Hub lineup for FESPA Fabric
Wide-format printers with an interest in digital textile printing will find a rich seam of innovation and inspiration…

Heidelberg announces new-generation CombiStar

New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2…

Xeikon In-Mold Label Suite shows game-changing potential

Customer aL Printing recounts how it moved into digital production of In-Mould labelling at Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations…

Arjowiggins and Antalis re-launch Eco-Calculator
New Eco-calculator makes it easy for Arjowiggins Graphic and Antalis customers to communicate their environmental commitment…

KDM invests in two EFI Vutek HS100 Pro UV inkjet presses
KDM POP Solutions Group grows premium retail graphics presence with high-speed EFI Vutek presses…

Success for JMB in South Africa with MPS flexo press
Since the initial installation, JMB Labels has entered new markets, acquired new customers, and achieved an increase in sales…
Thu 1 + Fri 2 May…   Kodak creates new senior Sales Strategy executive post
Eric-Yves Mahe appointed Kodak senior vice president, director of Sales Strategy and Operations to bolster the senior team…

DPI to sell Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV in the UK
Screen partners with Digital Printing Innovations to sell the Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flat-bed printers in the UK…

Muller Martini: High demand for new and used machines
Investment security for today and tomorrow, with both new machines and extending the life cycle of existing systems…

Ricoh upgrades Pro-Graphic digital paper range
Ricoh Europe enhances its Pro-Graphic media offering for improved digital printing quality and productivity…

Agfa Graphics Jeti Titan HS for European debut at FESPA
Agfa Graphics adds primer option to Jeti Titan S and HS flatbed inkjet printers, first shown at ISA in Orlando last month…

Concept adds DirectSmile Cross Media v 6 from Transeo
Concept Communications Group boosts its multi-channel marketing services with DirectSmile Cross Media version 6…

Technique bolsters colour credentials and CTP capacity
Technique Print Group strengthens colour credentials with Prinect Colour Toolbox and a Heidelberg Suprasetter…

Inca Onset S40i from Fujifilm for Superior Creative
Superior Creative boosts wide-format capability with an Inca Onset S40i and Fujifilm Uvijet OC inks…

Two KBA Rapida 106s for Allied Printing Services
Aggressive growth prompts the addition of two new presses with faster speeds and new UV to expand capacity…
The Thursday lead articles from last week’s update…

Kodak to add new Sonora plate line in Columbus, Georgia
Increased Sonora process-free plate sales continue to drive targeted regional manufacturing strategy for Kodak…

Heidelberg and Hartmann: Over 50 years together in Spain
The Spanish market is on the road to recovery, where print shops are modernising their machine parks with Heidelberg…
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Electronics For Imaging (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Goss International Corporation  (Goss) is a global leader in web offset printing solutions, with a complete product range of newspaper, commercial and packaging press systems, as well as mailroom and postpress equipment. With quality accredited global design and manufacturing, Goss offers the widest range of web offset press systems, enhancements and lifetime service capabilities.  To find out more visit the Goss International Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been eleven so far this year. There were 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads available Chapter 01

Most recent…    Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…
March/April Chapter 04

Previous…    Heidelberg and Hartmann: Over half a century of success in Spain
The Spanish market is once again on the road to recovery: Print shops are modernising their machine parks with Heidelberg and Hartmann…

Pim Print automates workflow with Callas pdfToolbox Server
The Callas pdfToolbox Server, isn’t that the workflow package that is especially suitable for larger companies?…
Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Heidelberg introduces its new-generation CombiStar

New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2…

Previous…    Mönch in Leipzig: A pioneer in shorter signatures
The Mönch bookbindery now stitches thread-sewn books with shorter signatures using the Muller Martini Ventura MC with the Tween option…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.

Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

APP Walking the Walk
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 02 May

Previous…    Getting Energy Levels Down
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 25 April
FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2014

Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Titan HS for European debut at FESPA
Agfa Graphics adds primer option to Jeti Titan S and HS flatbed inkjet printers first shown at ISA in Orlando…

Inspirational Inca Digital Summit explores the ‘Bigger Picture’
Industry game-changers examine innovative trends and opportunities for Inca users during FESPA in Munich…

FESPA announces trail and Hub lineup for FESPA Fabric

Wide-format printers with an interest in digital textile printing will find a rich seam of innovation and inspiration at FESPA Fabric 2014…

Sign Hub at European Sign Expo points to future trends
30 expert sessions cover key issues for contemporary signmakers and graphic producers and future trends in signage…
Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

Most recent…    What’s up, drupa?
Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf who is responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber, Value Communications AG…

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by:

Antalis South Africa,  Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI and EFI Vutek,  Esko,  Epson Europe BV,   FESPA.  Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  KodakKoenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging SystemsKrause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH,  Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech IncQuark Inc,  Ricoh EuropeSappi Limited,  Sappi Printers of the YearPrint Process Champions Group,  Thunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

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